We are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls around the World
by Malala Yousafzai. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2019. 202 p.

We are Displaced by Malala YousafzaiIn Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s newest book, readers will find out about her personal struggles as an Internally Displaced Person, and they will also learn of the experiences of other girls that Malala has met and learned from over the past few years. These girls have been displaced from their home countries by war, have been victims of violence, and faced incessant threats of danger, yet they have found ways to work towards a better future.

An inspiring and at times heart wrenching read, We are Displaced shows such strength in the face of adversity. Not only are the girls featured in this book fighting for their rights and continued survival, but they are also working towards creating a brighter future – one with more opportunity and safety – for others.

This book shows how different and how difficult life can be depending upon where one is born and at one point in time. For readers out there who want to become more aware of the hurdles displaced youth face, and how they are trying to rebuild a sense of security and some normalcy after their lives are forever changed and reshaped in traumatic ways – then this book provides a great entry point. The chapters are short and the writing is accessible, and the book is a timely addition to the topic of displacement and social justice work. For those interested in how they can help in the efforts of providing assistance to refugee girls around the world, there are a couple pages towards the end of the book about how to help.

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