Citizens of Nowhere

Citizens of Nowhere

From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus

Book - 2010
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An inspiring story of courage, adaptation and determinaton -- a year in the life of 11 refugee students entering universities across Canada.

"Most journalists have stories they never forget. This is mine."

When Debi Goodwin travelled to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in 2007 to shoot a documentary on young Somali refugees soon coming to Canada, she did not anticipate the impact the journey would have on her. A year later, in August of 2008, she decided to embark upon a new journey, starting in the overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya, and ending in university campuses across Canada. For a year, she recorded the lives of eleven very lucky refugee students who had received coveted scholarships from Canadian universities, guaranteeing them both a spot in the student body and permanent residency in Canada. We meet them in the overcrowded confines of a Kenyan refugee camp and track them all the way through a year of dramatic and sometimes traumatic adjustments to new life in a foreign country called Canada. This is a snapshot of a refugee's first year in Canada, in particular a snapshot of young men and women lucky and smart enough to earn their passage from refugee camp to Canadian campus.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2010
ISBN: 9780385667227
Branch Call Number: 305.89677 GOO 2010
Characteristics: 326 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Barbarajean Sep 04, 2017

An excellent account of what it's like to move from a refugee camp to Canada, and the extreme culture shock and loneliness suffered by these young students, in spite of their seeming good fortune of being selected for a Wusc scholarship. Anyone helping refugees would find this book helpful, and insightful.

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