“When Stars Are Scattered”

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On the list of the favorite things in my life; kids, books, and kids’ books would rank close to the top. I recently got a kids’ book in the mail that has tugged at my heart strings and opened my eyes to the plight of refugees everywhere. “When Stars Are Scattered” is a National Book Award Finalist graphic novel sent to me by First Book. First Book (https://firstbook.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making quality education available to all children, particularly those in need. Once I started reading this book, I knew that I would have to write about it. It is a touching story about two Somalian brothers living in a refugee camp in Kenya. The story is told through older brother Omar’s eyes. This story picks you up wherever you are and takes you to Dadaab, the camp they live in. There is never enough; never enough food, water, medicine or clothing. They sleep in a tent on the ground, near, but not with, their foster mother. Their life choices are few. They can’t go home, because the war still rages. They could stay in the camp and do what? Wait. The days are long, achingly long and boring. Or they could try to get resettled in another country, a very slim chance at best. These boys have no material goods, but their love and loyalty make them richer than King Midas. I haven’t stopped thinking about the people who find themselves, through no fault of their own, in this miserable situation. We have so much, and we take it all for granted. If you can, get your hands on a copy of this book. After reading it, you will be a changed person.

Omar Mohammed has started an organization called “Refugee Strong” (https://www.refugeestrong.org/), which, is a 501(c)3 founded to help refugees through education. If you visit their site, you will see how they work to help refugees improve their lives.

Normally, when I get a book, after reading it, I give it to a library or school. But I can’t part with this one. I also usually make a charitable donation for Lent. This year my donation will go to Refugee Strong and I will send a new copy of this book to a school in need. After all, that’s what it’s all about, love and helping others.

Tell someone you love them.


“I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.”    Albert Schweitzer

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