Reading About Nations Impacted by the Travel Ban

Sudan, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Iraq. These are the seven countries originally named in the U.S.' proposed travel ban. (In the latest version, Iraq is not included.) They're mentioned a lot in the news these days -- but how much do we know beyond their names?

One new idea that's suddenly germinating in lots of places around the country is hosting meetings for folks to gather and read books from or about these places.

Here are a few titles to get you started:


Running for My Life

Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike-sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team.

Flavours of Aleppo

The food of Syria is legendary and here is one way to discover their special cuisine.

The Orchard of Lost Souls

Follows the stories of three women during Somalia's long civil war.

Things I've Been Silent About

Unforgettable portrait of a woman, her family and their troubled homeland, Iran.

In the Country of Men

A nine-year-old boy grows up quickly amidst the turmoil of Libya in the 1970s.

Folktales From the Arabian Peninsula

A unique and diverse collection of folktales including from the country of Yemen.

Dawn and Sunset

The story of the earliest urban communities on earth that sprang up in Mesopotamia [site of present-day Iraq].


And wouldn't you like some appropriate music to accompany your reading list?!:

Funky Grooves of Yemen

Rough Guide to Iran

Trance Percussion Masters of South Sudan

Now you can join illustrious authors all 'reading for refugees'!:

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