Gervelie's Journey: A Refugee Diary

Gervelie s Journey A Refugee Diary When Gervelie was born in in the Republic of Congo her mother and father had a nice house in a suburb of Brazzaville When fighting broke out two years later her father s political connections p

  • Title: Gervelie's Journey: A Refugee Diary
  • Author: AnthonyRobinson Annemarie Young June Allan
  • ISBN: 9781845076528
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Gervelie was born in 1995 in the Republic of Congo, her mother and father had a nice house in a suburb of Brazzaville When fighting broke out two years later, her father s political connections put the family in grave danger and they were forced to flee Gervelie s Journey follows the family from Congo to the Ivory Coast, and then to Ghana, across Europe, and finallyWhen Gervelie was born in 1995 in the Republic of Congo, her mother and father had a nice house in a suburb of Brazzaville When fighting broke out two years later, her father s political connections put the family in grave danger and they were forced to flee Gervelie s Journey follows the family from Congo to the Ivory Coast, and then to Ghana, across Europe, and finally to England Told in Gervelie s own voice and using her own photographs, it depicts with grace and sensitivity their long journey, their life in a new country, and their hopes for the future.

    One thought on “Gervelie's Journey: A Refugee Diary”

    1. Read this to my students today. It was a fairly simply written narrative considering what it is, but it was very intense. I even left out the bit about her step father beating her, because for grade 3 (I realize this is better reading for older kids) there was already enough other stuff going on. I do think it's important for students to realize the struggle that others go through though, and this book was a good fit for our current Unit of Inquiry about migration.

    2. This book tells the heartwarming story of a young girl from the Republic of Congo who is forced to immigrate to the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and then to England. Gervelie describes how the Cobra militia attacked her hometown, and her family was obligated to move to the Ivory Coast for their safety. Soon after, Gervelie’s mother came and took Gervelie back to the Congo to live with her and her new husband. Gervelie says that it was a painful experience to live with her violent stepfather, a couple o [...]

    3. Story of a refugee's journey from the Congo to England through a young girl's eyes. Powerful. Important story to be told -- of how uncertain many children's lives and futures are.

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