New Book Provides Powerful Teaching Guide for Children About Refugees Displaced by War
WHERE WILL I LIVE?
by UN Ambassador Rosemary McCarney
None of us asked to be born and the circumstances of where we find ourselves is like a personal lottery. Would you think differently of me if I still lived in Appalachia, Ohio instead of working and living in Austin, Texas? What if I looked differently, needed money, or had no place to live? Children find themselves in this position every day all over the world and the situation is particularly dire and painful for those who have been displaced by war. When you think of the world ‘refugee’, do you see a child’s face who is struggling, cold, hungry, with no family and no place to turn? If we close our hearts and our minds to their existence, it doesn’t mean they go away. It also doesn’t mean they can’t flourish. The most important qualities I can instill in my children are empathy and compassion and they won’t get that by sheltering them from realities others face. Where Will I Live? is not only a thoughtful book, it’s a hopeful book about how strong human will is especially when it rests in the heart of a young refugee child.
As political unrest across the world continues and war perforates the landscape, families are torn apart and homes are thrown asunder. Makeshift refugee camps become the only place for the displaced to rest and call home, unsure if they’’ll ever be able to return to their actual homes. This harrowing journey leaves a lasting impact on the men and women who have traveled thousands of miles in search of safety, but more so on the children who have traveled so far with them and the orphans who have been left with nothing but questions.
LOST BUT NOT INVISIBLE
WHERE WILL I LIVE? [Second Story Press, 19.95 US], written by UN Ambassador Rosemary McCarney, gives a sobering glimpse into the lives of child refugees. Poignant text and sincere photographs convey the dangers of their situation but also reveal an unstoppable vision of resilience and hope. The book helps young readers and those whose lives are not directly affected by this crisis think about the importance of home and what life is like for a child refugee who doesn’t have the necessities that are undoubtedly taken for granted.
As dire the situation that these children find themselves in, the lasting message of WHERE WILL I LIVE? is uplifting and sure to impact the reader. Children – even those who might not know where their next meal is coming from – are strong and amazingly perseverance in the most difficult of conditions and facing uncertainty with optimism.
About the Author
Rosemary McCarney is an award-winning humanitarian and business leader, a recognized public speaker and author, and an expert on international economic development, working in over 100 countries. She is the Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. She was the former President and CEO of Plan International Canada Inc. Prior to joining Plan Canada, she was the Executive Director of Street Kids International.
About the Photography
The poignant photography in the book was taken by the UNHCR – the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – and includes images of the children on the move and in refugee camps in countries such as Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece.
List Price: $ 19.95