Real life testimonies of young people fleeing their homelands. Originally made as a series of animated films by the BBC, these books explore the experiences of young people whose lives are affected by conflict in their home countries.
This is the real-life story of 10-year-old refugee Ali who, accompanied by his grandmother, flees his home country of Afghanistan to avoid the conflict caused by the war.
Told in Ali's own words, it documents his feelings of alienation, separation and suffering that war can place on immigrant children and their families, and the thread of hope that can help them to overcome their ordeal.
The Seeking Refuge stories were originally produced as award-winning animations for BBC Learning by Mosaic Films. This story was created by Salvadore Maldonado and Andy Glynne. These stories deal with the topics of war, separation, immigration and what it means to be a refugee.
Ali's Story - A Journey from Afghanistan can be used to open up discussions for any age range about seeking asylum.Other titles in the series include Juliane's Story - A Journey from Zimbabwe, Navid's Story - A Journey from Iran, Rachel's Story - A Journey from Eurasia, and Hamid's Story - A Journey from Eritrea. Ideal for tying into Refugee Week.The films also explore the feelings of isolation that children can experience when they try to adapt to life in a strange country.
Ali's Story - A Journey from Afghanistan is told in his own words.
Created by: Salvador Maldonado and Andy Glynne | ISBN: 9780750278874 | For ages 7 and over
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Our book review:
Ali's Story is part of a series of BBC books written by child refugees. They are all real-life accounts of what their life has been like.
Ten year old Ali is from Afghanistan. He describes where he comes from, and the fighting that occurred - with tanks, helicopters and bombs.
He describes how it made him feel - scared and sad. He talks about how his family tried to escape to a safer place but he and his grandmother got separated from his mother and father. He describes how he and his grandmother feel - alone and afraid.
He has dreams of his home country and his parents. He cries and feels sad, and he also seems to worry.
The new country he is living in is foreign to him. He experiences some culture shock and has a new language to learn. He feels frustrated and embarrassed.
There is a lot for children to see on the pages. The illustrations really do convey Ali's feelings well. The book is suitable for ages 7 and over.
"Ali's Story" teaches children about the lives of other children - refugee children. Many of us have the lives of refugees far from our minds, and the persecution they experience. Books like "Ali's Story" help our children imagine what it is like being forced to leave home to be safe.