In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees

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In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees
Words and Photographs by Susan Kuklin
Candlewick Press, May 2020
978-0763679606 hardcover
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Five refugees recount their courageous journeys to America – and the unimaginable struggles that led them to flee their homelands.

“From 1984, when I was born, until July 16, 2017, when I arrived in the United States, I never lived in a place where there was no war.” Fraidoon

The five refugees featured in In Search of Safety are from Afghanistan, Northern Iraq, Myanmar, South Sudan, and Burundi. Fraidoon had been a translator for the U.S. Military. Shireen recently escaped the horrors of captivity at the hands of ISIS. Nathan, Nyarout, and Dieudonné spent years in refugee camps. They all survived wars. They were all carefully screened by several security organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United States State Department, and the United States Department of Homeland Security. They have all been resettled in the state of Nebraska where they have been warmly welcomed. This book tells their stories.

Websites of interest from the book:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
“The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status…The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.”

Human Rights Watch
“Human Rights Watch’s Refugee Rights Program defends the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced people worldwide. We respond to emergencies as well as chronic situations, focusing especially on documenting government efforts to block access to asylum, to deprive asylum seekers of rights to fair hearings of their refugee claims, and to the forcible return of people to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened. We conduct on-the-ground investigations to speak with uprooted people and document abuses against them. We take our findings directly to policymakers and the media as we advocate for governments to improve access to asylum, to stop forced returns, and to ensure that all migrants are treated with dignity and regard for their basic human rights.”

International Refugee Assistance Project
The International Refugee Assistance Project “organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.”

International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee “responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future.”

Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services has branches across the U.S. The Nebraska branch’s mission is to “express God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family, and community life.”

National Immigration Law Center
NILC is “dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.”

The Refugee Law Reader
The Refugee Law Reader: Cases, Documents and Materials is a comprehensive online model curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international refugee law, covering Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The Reader is for professors, lawyers, advocates, and students across a wide range of national jurisdictions.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
“UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people.”

World Food Program
“WFP is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.”

Yazda Global Organization
Yazda is a multinational association that began after the Yazidi Genocide in 2014. Yazda’s goal is to “build a stronger Yazidi community that can socially and culturally integrate into the U.S. and to preserve the Yazidi culture at the same time.”