Amina and Me

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Review of 'Home is a Place Called Nowhere', Leon Rosselson, Oxford University Press £6.99

Home is a Place Called Nowhere is a story of a 12 year old girl called Amina who has run away from her home. She has travelled to London searching for her mother and to try to find out about her past. Her only clue is a necklace that she has always worn. In her quest to find her mother she is befriended by other Londoners and refugees. She also comes across the immigration authorities and racists.

Her story is very moving because she was abandoned in Dover when her mother was taken away to a detention centre. Amina does eventually discover where her home is, only to learn 'it cannot be found on any map'.

This is one of many refugee stories we have read and even though it is not the best it is certainly worth reading. This book makes you think about what refugees go through and why you should stop it. The story is simple but it shows you how they live.

The story focuses on Amina rather than how much hard work it is to try to get support for refugees. In the book they have a demonstration outside the detention centre in a few weeks, but it says nothing about how they organised it. We know how much work it takes to get a protest to happen because we have helped organise many protests and lobbies for this sort of thing. Recently we have been trying to get support for Shahin Portohfeh, an asylum seeker from Iran.

Other children should read this book because it is easy to understand and very descriptive.