Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Review: We Are Displaced

Written by Malala Yousafzai
Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai will start with her own story of displacement as an Internally Displaced Person to show what it means to lose your home, your community, and the only world you've ever known. She will also share the personal stories of some of the girls she has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and the cities where refugee girls and their families have settled.

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is a reminder from one of the world's most famous people who experienced displacement that everyone deserves universal human rights and a home.

My thoughts: Malala is a remarkable woman. I've read her autobiography a few years back and was inspired by her bravery, strength, and determination. When I saw this book available on Libby, I knew that I had to read it. 

In the first part of the book, Malala described how she became displaced and how it felt to be displaced. She explained how it was not a choice to leave her homeland, Pakistan, but had to in order to survive. In the prologue, Malala made a point that people forget that refugees were ordinary people. Refugees had to leave everything behind: their home, family, and friends. They had to do this because they had only two choices, life or death.

The second part of the book included different stories from various women. The women were from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Though they were from all over the world, they all had one thing in common: the urge to live. Some of the stories were so sad to read and many I wished were a bit longer. Each voice was unique and I highly admired how each woman still had hope for the future. Their stories really made me appreciate what I had and opened up my eyes to different ways to help those in need. 

Overall, this was a wonderful book that brought awareness to refugee women. It also included links and places to help these women out. I rate this: 


  1. I too read Malala Yousafzai's autobiography a few years ago and enjoyed it.

    This sounds like a great read as well and one that will make one appreciate and admire the courageous lives of others.