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Elizabeth commented on We Love Reading: Refugee-led Reading Circles

Congratulations, Rana. You are transforming the lives of these children, making a lasting, positive impact on the way they see the world and their place in it. I have read about trauma therapy whereby children are asked to draw pictures or write "fictional" stories which subtly reveal their experiences, and with the work of a therapist helps them to heal the traumatic emotional scars left by such events. I would love to see your book reading program extend to a book writing program for the kids, so that they can create their own story books or picture books. These books could then be shared around as part of the library. I believe that this could really help other kids in similar situations - camps, fleeing adversity, seeking safety - to relate and feel comforted in discovering that there are others their own age who understand them. Further, it would be a tremendously valuable learning opportunity for children on the other side of the world who have no concept of the life of refugees. I live in Sydney, Australia, and I would love to contribute to your cause. There are very few children's book reading programs (outside of the school environment) even in this fortunate country.