Let Me Tell You My Story: Refugee Stories of Hope, Courage, and Humanity
Over the course of two years, a group of award-winning photographers, filmmakers, painters, and writers trailed and documented the flood of refugees pouring into the West from the Middle East and Africa, recording the refugees’ firsthand accounts of who they are and what made them refugees. Spare, haunting, utterly magnificent, and profoundly human, this inspiring collection creates a portrait of the greatest humanitarian crisis of modern history. From the pregnant mother in the dusty warehouse-turned-refugee-camp in Greece to the emaciated child in a mud-filled tent in Bangladesh to the lone Sudanese crouched under an overpass in Italy—the people inside this remarkable volume of exquisite photography and stories of resilience will teach you that the surest way to draw humans together begins with the words “I want to tell you my story . . . ”
Praise for Let Me Tell You My Story: Refugee Stories of Hope, Courage, and Humanity
"Common threads are the resilience of the protagonists, the search for a dignified life with the ability to work, the desire to reunite with family, and the inhumanity and exploitation of smugglers. Many stories are incredibly touching and accessible."
"An extraordinary collection of extraordinary lives lived out in extraordinary circumstances, Let Me Tell You My Story is a compelling read and one that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself is finished and set back upon the shelf. A unique and outstanding contribution to our contemporary national discussion over refugees and immigration, Let Me Tell You My Story should be a part of every community and academic library collection in the country."
—Mary Cowper, Midwest Book Review
"This is a book that can grace any library shelf and would have a natural place in a school's office. It can lead to important discussions with students of all ages."
—The International Educator
“The poignant stories and compelling images in this volume provide a powerful counterpoint to the dehumanization of people on the move in Europe and around the world. Highly recommended.”
"With no political power, refugees are often left without a voice. Let Me Tell You My Story helps refugees reclaim some power and dignity by giving them a platform to tell their stories. It is a meaningful and important collection."
"These simple stories speak volumes about the plight of refugees around the world. Through paintings and photographs, full of beauty and dignity, we are privileged to meet real people living the tragedy of refugee life. They are school children, wives and mothers, musicians, journalists, teachers, husbands and fathers. They are African, Asian, Middle Eastern. They are of the world we share. Their loss is palpable, and their courage and yearning to be free shines through on the page. With this book comes hope and a way for readers of all ages to share the emotion and trauma of refugee life and to recognize our shared humanity."