Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

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  • We are Africans
  • LEAVE!!
  • Your Dad left. I will call the Refugee Council.
  • You will like this Alem
  • Home for Boys!
  • Hello Alem!
  • Alem's dad is Ethiopian & his Mum is Eritrean. The 2 countries go to war. Soldiers come, shoot about, then tell them to leave or die. They dub Alem as a mongrel. Alem & his father go to England leaving his mum behind. Alem is confused & scared about what is happening.
  • He-he-hello
  • We are the Fitzgerald's!
  • Once in England, Alem & his dad stay in a hotel. After two days, Alem wakes up to find that his dad is gone. The manager of the hotel calls in people from the Refugee Council.
  • My dearest son, I am afraid that I have to tell you some very bad news. Remember I told you in my last letter that darkness is upon the land? Well, my son, please prepare yourself for what I have to say. This is very bad news. Your mother has died. I want you to be strong. It is very difficult for me here, I will be leaving here and joining you. I long to see you and I promise you I will be with you soon.
  • The council places Alem into a home for boys which he is disappointed by. Alem is treated badly so he tries to run away from there but returns because he does not know where to go.
  • Yes son, this is where I live
  • This is where you live?!?!
  • Mariam from the Refugee Council comes to see him. He is relocated to the Fitzgeralds. Alem feels happy and shy that he is in a different home. Alem starts a new school. He meets Robert there.
  • Alem's dad sends Alem a letter saying that his mum has died & that he is trying to come back to England. Sheila who is working for Alem to stay in England uses this to strengthen his case.
  • Alem's dad returns but has to live in a very rundown motel. Alem is excited but angry that his father is living in a unhealthy place. Sheila begins working for the both of them. Robert and other classmates begin a campaign to keep Alem and his dad in England.
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