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Hamzat's Journey: A Refugee Diary
Author: Anthony Robinson
Illustrator: June Allan
Country/Culture:
Language: English
Type of Product: Hardcover Book
Item Number: AL262W
Retail Price: $17.95
ISBN Number: 1847800300
Description: Hamzat's Journey follows the story of a boy from Chechnya. In 2001 when Chechens were at war with Russia, he was on his way to school in the capital Grozny when he stepped on a landmine. His leg had to be amputated and eventually he and his father went to the UK for expert treatment and fitting of an artifical leg. As it was unsafe for them to return to Chechnya, the family sought asylum in the UK. Eventually Hamzat's mother and sister joined them in London and now the family are learning to adapt to their new life after the horror of living in a war zone.

This poignant and at times harrowing story reveals the bravery of Hamzat and his family in facing and overcoming their circumstances to start a new life. Simply told and atmospherically illustrated with photographs and colour illustrations, this is a powerful book that will move all who read it and also be a valuable resource for supporting Citizenship learning in KS2 and KS3 classroooms and libraries.

The Refugee Diaries series, which includes Gervelie's Journey (Congo), Mohammed's Journey (Iraq), Melteem's Journey (Turkey) and Hamzat's Journey (Chechnya), highlights the true stories of refugee children.

Ages 8-12
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