TSOS May Book Club: We Are Displaced
What is the TSOS Book Club?
TSOS book club is a place to come together and learn about and discuss literature based on the stories of refugees and newcomers. We hope it will be a place where perspectives might change and empathy and understanding will be increased.
We want to provide a safe place for discussions about great stories and would love for you to add to what we are learning!
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Our next book: We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is well known around the world for her work to help educate girls. However, you may not be familiar with her work to support refugees. Malala has visited many refugee camps in her travels to promote education for girls. She has met many girls who have amazing stories of resilience and strength. Malala has chosen to share some of these girls’ stories, which is the basis for her book, We Are Displaced.
In this book you meet several different girls from different countries who are refugees. They share the experiences they have had getting to a place of safety. They share their struggles and their hopes, along with some of their dreams. This book gives the reader perspective and will help them recognize some of what refugees are forced to endure.
For more info about Malala's organization and her work, check out the Malala Fund.
Purchase We Are Displaced here.
Just as citizens in Europe and the U.K. have heroically supported displaced Ukrainians by opening up their homes or securing other housing, assisting with school enrollments, employment needs, and language learning, Americans now have the opportunity via the Welcome.us Sponsor Circles program to directly help newly arrived Ukrainians. The United States has committed to welcoming 100,000 Ukrainians temporarily for a period of two-years and the ability to apply for employment authorization in the U.S. as long as they have a U.S.-based sponsor to petition for them.
When I was in high school, I was fascinated by geography, and it struck me that there was a highway that I could hop on in my car and drive all the way down into South America. As an imaginative young girl growing up on the Texas-Mexico border, the idea of a road that could take me from my sleepy border town, Laredo, Texas, to the edge of the world in South America, left me awe struck. In high school I learned that this highway is called the Pan-American Highway.
Egette was born and raised in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Africa. In 2021, she graduated with a B.S. in psychology from George Mason University. In 2022, she received her MA in psychology with a focus in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, also from George Mason. She was recently featured in Forbes on World Mental Health Day. She founded Safe Haven Space, to empower and educate refugee families in the US about mental health and wellbeing.