In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees

October 31, 2020
In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees

Five refugees recount their courageous journeys to America — andthe unimaginable struggles that led them to flee their homelands —in a powerful work from the author of Beyond Magenta and We AreHere to Stay.“From 1984, when I was born, until July 16, 2017, when I arrivedin the United States, I never lived in a place where there was nowar.” — FraidoonAn Iraqi woman who survived capture by ISIS. A Sudanese teengrowing up in civil war and famine. An Afghan interpreter for theU.S. Army living under threat of a fatwa. They are among the fiverefugees who share their stories in award-winning author andphotographer Susan Kuklin’s latest masterfully crafted narrative.The five, originally from Afghanistan, Myanmar, South Sudan, Iraq,and Burundi, give gripping first-person testimonies about what itis like to flee war, face violent threats, grow up in a refugeecamp, be sold into slavery, and resettle in America. Illustratedwith full-color photographs of the refugees’ new lives in Nebraska,this work is essential reading for understanding the devastatingimpact of war and persecution — and the power of resilience,optimism, and the will to survive. Included in the end matter arechapter notes, information on resettlement and U.S. citizenship,historical time lines of war and political strife in the refugees’countries of origin, resources for further reading, and anindex.