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Refugee : the diary of Ali Ismail by Alan…

Refugee : the diary of Ali Ismail

by Alan Sunderland

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This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
  benuathanasia | Sep 5, 2012 |
Set in 2001-2002, this is the story of how Ali escapes the Taliban and flees in aboat to end up in Woomera detention center in the middle of Australia. A thought provoking book about how hard it must be to leave all you love (family) and know (culture) and come to a strange land where everyone thinks you are a terrorist. (Especially after the Sept 11 events)p.142 (9/9/01 – 14/09/01)What happened after 9-11
  nicsreads | Mar 26, 2007 |
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Ali Ismail is a refugee.

Fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Ali is smuggled away from his family. He eventually finds himself on a ramshackle boat bound for Australia.

But instead of winning freedom, Ali and his companions are taken to a detention centre in the South Australian outback.

For twelve long months, as he waits to find out whether he will be allowed to stay, Ali must endure the hardship and despair of mandatory detention.

He briefly experiences life outside the razor-wire fences of Woomera - but all too soon he must return, to await his fate.
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Ali?s story begins when the Taliban visit his village in Afghanistan. They are looking foryoung fighters so Ali?s father hides him in the storeroom of his butchers shop. Anargument develops which ends with his father?s murder. Realising Ali is not safe inAfghanistan his family pay for him to be taken out of the country. His journey begins inthe boot of a car that takes him into Pakistan. From there, travelling on a false passport, heflies to Indonesia where he embarks on a perilous journey to Australia on an overcrowdedboat. As the boat begins to sink he is rescued by the Australian Navy and taken first toDarwin and finally to the Woomera detention centre in the middle of the South Australiandesert.… (more)

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