Seventeen Years

45 million people became displaced from their homes in 2012, Sasha Chanoff, director of Refuge Point, said on the radio show, “Here and Now.”  “More than half of the refugees worldwide came from five countries, according to the UN: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.”  A striking comment […]

I’M YOUR NEIGHBOR book club celebrating Maine’s new-arrival communities launches at the Portland Public Library

Portland, Maine celebrates nine books set in Maine’s “new arrival” communities with a 2013 city-wide read. Writers include South Sudanese memoirist, Aruna Kenyi in The Telling’s Room’s anthology I REMEMBER WARM RAIN.  High school students who are named by the NAACP as Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows introduced each […]

International Education

A teacher in my workshop at the Mass. Reading Association conference talked about the challenge of connecting her students to stories and people of other cultures.  Why are you always making us read these books? they asked her, about people outside the U.S.  There are a million ways […]

Journey to Kakuma

I have just returned from a journey from Nairobi to Kakuma village in the northern Turkana district of Kenya. Beside the village in this semi arid region is the Kakuma refugee camp currently the home of nearly 100,000 refugees from South Sudan and Somalia as well as other […]

Kakuma Journal

January 4, 2013 Hello from Nairobi. I’m doing an experiment. Very hard. I finished the books I brought. A book I bought on Kindle didn’t show up on my ipad and who knows how long I can keep a charge. For a few days I am staying at […]