Homes

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung

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Moderator: Deborah Campbell

Event Number: 19
Tickets: $20.00

$9.50 for student groups

Homes

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.

Event Participants:

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah

Alberta

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is currently a high school student in Edmonton. After three years of living in Canada, he enjoys his life here but he also dreams of a future where he can return to help rebuild Iraq and Syria. Homes: A Refugee Story tells his family’s story and was written with his teacher, Winnie Yeung.

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is presented in collaboration with Blue Met as part of the My Roots project.

Winnie Yeung

Winnie Yeung

Alberta

Winnie Yeung has been an English Language Arts teacher for ten years. Homes: A Refugee Story, written with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, is her first book. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her black pug, Zoe.