#OurSharedShelf #28 et #29 – Les titres sont tombés

Et oui, comme promis la semaine dernière, il était temps de présenter également les livres choisis pour juillet et août, ce qui nous permet donc d’être en ordre dans les annonces, tout du moins jusqu’à la prochaine.

Cette fois-ci, on parle bien DES livreS, même si une thématique commune se dégage des deux. Les deux livres proposés parlent en effet de destins de personnes amenées à devenir réfugiées, deux jeunes qui ont dû quitter leurs maisons pour des raisons différentes.

Le premier, disponible en français, est Butterfly : From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph de Yusra Mardini.

Le second, disponible uniquement en anglais, est Solito/Solita : Crossing Borders with youth refugees from Central America, qui recueille différents témoignages et qui est édité par Steven Mayers et Jonathan Freedman.

Encore une fois, ce sont les personnes concernées qui vous présenteront le mieux leurs livres, dont n’attendons plus !

Introduction to Solito, Solita for Our Shared Shelf

I believe that telling one’s story is a way to healing. Sharing my own story has changed my life. When I was fourteen, I left my home country of Honduras after being abused by my stepfather, abandoned by my mother, and forced into child labor. Heading north to the United States was my only option to survive. 

In Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America, you will find fifteen oral histories detailing the experiences, including my own, of young refugees fleeing their countries to seek safety and security in the US. I hope these stories not only shed light on the violence, abuse, and abandonment many young refugees and immigrants face, but also the bravery, hope, community, and resilience in our experiences. 

Ultimately, this book helped me accept and love myself, and I would never be the person I am today without my experience. Sharing my story, it’s inspired me, and I hope it will inspire others as well. 
—Soledad Castillo

Introduction to Butterfly for Our Shared Shelf

I am a refugee. That wasn’t always easy for me to say, but I realise now there is no shame in being forced out of your home. Butterfly tells the story of how, in 2015, together with my elder sister Sara, I left war-torn Syria and sought safety in Germany. On our perilous journey, when our boat began to sink, we used our swimming skills to help save the lives of our fellow passengers. Later, I fulfilled my childhood dream of competing at the Olympic Games.

My story isn’t only about heroics. It’s also the tale of an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances. These experiences thrust me onto the world stage and set me on a mission to change perceptions of refugees, to remind the world that we are just ordinary human beings. My life in Syria before the war was just like yours; I had a home, I had roots, I belonged. Then, one day without warning, war arrived, and split my world apart. None of us chose to flee our homes, our only choice was to die at home or risk death trying to escape. 

I am a refugee, and I am also a feminist. In my country girls are often brought up believing they are inferior to men and are encouraged to limit their ambitions to the home. With the support of our parents, my sister and I fought to break out of that restrictive mould. We kept swimming and showed the world we could achieve anything a man could. Butterfly tells that story, too.
I wrote Butterfly because I wanted to show how much we all have in common: man and woman, those forced to flee, and those who live in peace. I want everyone to understand why we came to seek a future in a place where death doesn’t fall at random from the sky. A place to live out calm days after the storm.

Happy reading, 

Yusra Mardini

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