In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria – just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends. Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone – and found safety in Canada – with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.
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Abu Bakr al Rabeeah (Author)
Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is a high school student. After three years of living in Canada, he enjoys his life here but also dreams of a future where he can return to help rebuilt Iraq and Syria.
Winnie Yeung (Author)
Winnie Yeung has been an English Language Arts teacher for ten years. Homes is her first book. She lives in Edmonton with her black pug, Zoe.