(blog) When Stars are Scattered

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohammed

Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their young lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care that Omar’s non-verbal brother needs.  But it’s better than their life in Somalia where their father was murdered and they feared for their lives. When Omar has the opportunity to attend school he knows it might be a chance to change their future. However it means leaving Hassan for many hours every day and Omar’s not sure he can do that – all they have is each other.

Heartbreak, hope, and the joy of friendship come together in this graphic novel about day-to-day life in the biggest refugee camp in the world, always waiting for a better life.  It’s an important story, beautifully illustrated, with a strong message about the lives of girls and young women. The story was told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story and who writes an endpiece about his life now.

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