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21 September 2010

Books and Articles

Refugees’ Stories

Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Sarah Crichton Books, 2007.

Bernstein, Nina. “First Day in America, First Sight of Snow.” New York Times (February 11, 2010).

Celeste, Erika. “From Job Skills to People Skills: Learning U.S. Ways.” National Public Radio (July 6, 2010).

Gourevitch, Phillip. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

Horowitz, Joseph. Artists in Exile: How Refugees from 20th Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts. New York: Harper Collins, 2008.

Jolie, Angelina. Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Ecuador. New York: Pocket Books, 2003.

Kase, Aaron and F.H. Rubino,Refugees Settling in Philadelphia: Refugees Seek New Beginnings in the City of Brotherly Love.” Philadelphia Weekly (March 2, 2010).

Kidder, Tracy. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness. New York: Random House, 2009.

Kim, Mike. Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World’s Most Repressive Country. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008.

Marton, Kati. The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Ogata, Sadako. The Turbulent Decade: Confronting the Refugee Crises of the 1990s. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2005.

Simple, Kirk. “Bhutan Refugees Find a Toehold in the Bronx.” New York Times (September 25, 2009).

Ung, Luong. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. New York: Harper Collins, 2000.

Wiesel, Elie.Night. New York: Hill & Wang, 1960.

Policy Resources

Loescher, Gil. Beyond Charity: International Cooperation and the Global Refugee Crisis. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Loescher, Gil and Ann Dull Loescher. The Global Refugee Crisis: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1994.

Loescher, Gil, James Milner, Edward Newman, and Gary Troeller, eds.Protracted Refugee Situations: Political, Human Rights and Security Implications. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University Press, 2008.

Martin, Susan Forbes. Refugee Women. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2004.

Steiner, Niklaus, Mark Gibney, and Gil Loescher, eds. Problems of Protection: The UNHCR, Refugees, and Human Rights. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Fictionalized Accounts

Díaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007.

Eggers, Dave. What is What: The Autobiography of Valentina Achak Deng. A Novel. San Francisco: McSweeney’s, 2006.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead Books, 2003.

Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007.


FY 2010 Report to Congress on Refugee Admission

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA)

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)

U.S. Refugee Admissions Statistics


In This World (2002)
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Summary: Young Afghan refugees living in Pakistan embark on a dangerous journey to seek asylum in London.

Lost Boys of Sudan (2003)
Director: Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk
Summary: The documentary follows two Sudanese refugees to Kenya and on to the U.S. Winner of an Independent Spirit Award and two Emmy nominations.

North Korea – Shadows and Whispers (2000)
Director: Kim Jung-Eun
Summary: Filmed in the remote northeast mountains of China, this documentary showcases the difficulties faced by North Korean refugees who flee to China.

Rebuilding Hope (2009)
Director: Jen Marlowe
Summary: Follows the journey of three South Sudanese refugees returning to their old homes. The documentary shows them reconnecting with family and friends and discovering how to help their old communities.

The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America (2001)
Director:Taggart Siegel
Summary: Traces the lives of Laotian refugees Paja Thao and his family in the United States. For over 17 years, Siegel chronicled the lives of Paja Thao, a shaman, his wife, and their 13 children.

War Child (2008)
Director: Christian Karim Chrobog
Summary: Documents the story of Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan’s civil war. Jal is now an emerging hip hop star dedicated to spreading messages of hope and peace across Africa.