The Boy on the Beach

The Boy on the Beach

My Family's Escape From Syria and Our Hope for A New Home

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The aunt of Alan Kurdi--the young Syrian boy whose photograph brought attention to the plight of Syrian refugees--discusses her family and her life growing up in Syria, her life since immigrating to Canada, the civil war in Syria, and her efforts to help refugees.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: Simon & Shuster Canada edition
ISBN: 9781501175237
1501175238
Characteristics: xxv, 241 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), map ; 24 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 19, 2018

Such a strong woman, with such a dedicated family. And anyone who thinks this sort of thing only happens 'far away' and could never happen here in North America, is kidding themselves. It can (and it does) happen everywhere/anywhere/at any time. Read it and think about if this was your family, your brothers/sisters/nieces/parents. Just take a moment and think if this was happening to you and yours.

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MrsKayStephen
Apr 24, 2018

Tima Kurdi is the aunt of Alan Kurdi. Most of humanity only became aware of this beautiful Syrian toddler when photos of his dead body, which washed up on a Greek beach, made international news during the summer of 2015. I was one of the many who would watch the nightly news and exclaim, “Who would anyone try to cross dangerous waters in a rubber dingy?” Now I know. This book personalizes the Syrian War for those of us privileged enough to watch it, or not, from afar.

Tima Kurdi moved to Canada as a young woman and established her life here. When the Syrian War started she worked tirelessly to help her relatives come to Canada as refugees. She describes the idyllic life her family enjoyed in Syria during her childhood when Syria enjoyed peace, jobs were plentiful, food was abundant, water was clean, electricity was taken for granted and education was readily available. Because the Kurdi family was always close knit and spoke with each other on a frequent basis, Tima Kurdi was fully aware and informed of how the war affected her family's lives and why each of her brothers and sisters eventually chose to leave their beloved home land. She chronicles these hardships and changing times in detail for us, exactly as they were experienced by her loved ones. She also documents her repeated attempts to help her family come to Canada as legitimate refugees and the continuous reams of red tape and road blocks that met her attempts.

This book is a must read. I have rated it so low due to the many issues with editing. Tima Kurdi's message needs to be heard.

I received a free copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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