Forced to leave their homes, they came to America…
In this intimate and eye-opening book, Diya Abdo–daughter of refugees, U.S. immigrant, English professor, and activist—shares the stories of seven refugees. Coming from around the world, they’re welcomed by Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR), an organization Diya founded to leverage existing resources at colleges to provide temporary shelter to refugee families.
Bookended by Diya’s powerful essay “Radical Hospitality” and the inspiring coda “Names and Numbers,” each chapter weaves the individual stories into a powerful journey along a common theme:
Life Before (“The Body Leaves its Soul Behind”)
The Moment of Rupture (“Proof and Persecution”)
The Journey (“Right Next Door”)
“A moving and timely book that strips away misleading politics to reveal the complexities of real human lives.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)