In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria — just before the Syrian civil war broke out.
Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy — soccer, cousins, video games, friends.
Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone — and found safety in Canada — with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.
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Most high schoolers don’t have enough material to justify publishing a memoir, but Abu Bakr al Rabeeah had survived war zones in Iraq and Syria by the time he turned 14. After his family immigrated to Edmonton, al Rabeeah met ESL teacher Winnie Leung, who recognized the power of his story. Homes isn’t a translation or a third-person account, but rather Leung’s thoughtful attempt to tell the story in al Rabeeah’s voice, drawing on hours of personal interviews. This book is a testament to a young man’s resilience and the beauty of finding a home in Canada.
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This book was incredibly moving. Thank you Abu Bakr for telling your story!
Very moving and enlightening
I appreciated learning about Bakr's and his family's lives. I'm an elementary school teacher and had the occasion to welcome Syrian refugees in my classroom. It's difficult for us to appreciate their transition fully. This book helped me glean this reality through their eyes. Thank you for sharing. Xx I hope it helps me be a better teacher.
I have read this book twice and have been moved through both readings. I am grateful for being able to learn what it was like for this family.