Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung


Moderator: Deborah Campbell

Event Number: 19
Tickets: $20.00

$9.50 for student groups


Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung

Wednesday, October 17
10:15am - 11:45am
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah immigrated to Canada to escape the Syrian war. Once settled in Edmonton, he told stories to his teacher, writer Winnie Yeung, which highlighted the heartbreaking juxtaposition between war and childhood. Such experiences are shared in Homes: A Refugee Story, which has been described as “one of those rare books that manages to find humanity in the inhumane.” al Rabeeah offers an honest, uplifting discussion—youth to youth—about what life is really like in one of the most infamous and devastated countries in the modern world, while both student and teacher share how they developed a remarkable bond and a remarkable book.

Deborah Campbell is the author of Disappearance in Damascus and often writes about Syria, Iran and Lebanon. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria.

Grades 8–12 & adults.

Presented in collaboration with Blue Met as part of the My Roots project.