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By Ivaylo Grouev

ISBN-10: 0773520945

ISBN-13: 9780773520943

"Is it okay to not be fearful of wasting your kingdom, your entire earlier, your whole buddies, and to create a brand new existence in a brand new place?" Civil wars in Africa, the cave in of the primary regime in Somalia, genocide in Rwanda, the Persian Gulf warfare within the heart East, the cave in of the army regimes in imperative the US, new ethnic clashes within the former USSR - most of these occasions have ended in an elevated variety of displaced humans, such a lot of whom by no means anticipated to discover themselves in this type of scenario. Their refusal to simply accept the department in their international locations into separate ethnic, spiritual, or political teams or to take part in doubtful political video games exacted a heavy cost - they misplaced their homelands and have become refugees. those tales express what it capacity to discover your self a stranger on your place of birth and the problems to be triumph over sooner than you're feeling at domestic back. most significantly, besides the fact that, those tales let us know approximately popularity and the necessity to bridge adjustments in language, faith, tradition, and traditions. Bullets at the Water makes it transparent that almost all refugees in Canada have an unquestionable trust within the significance of reputation, tolerance, and recognize for distinction. Their option to develop into refugees used to be dictated not just by means of the dynamics of political occasions yet, even perhaps extra, via the truth that the tradition of animosity, violence, and hatred was once thoroughly overseas to them. From the ebook: "I started to yell my identify. this can be the one technique to announce that you've been arrested or detained and that you simply may disappear. you want to yell your identify, simply because this is often the single strategy to get this message to a global NGO (non-governmental association) working in Guatemala. This determined gesture labored for plenty of Guatemalans who have been detained. In Guatemala itself, there has been no info whatever approximately who used to be arrested and what occurred to these in prison." "I didn't take into account something. i noticed that i used to be in Yugoslavia. i used to be transferred to Titograd and later to Belgrade. I spent months in a camp headed through the UN. There I understood what fairly did take place. 4 humans have been killed. one in every of them was once an eight-year-old child."

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It was a complicated issue. We decided to come to Canada. Now we are in Canada. We are happy to be in Canada. We can breathe freely because we know that here nobody really cares about our background, about our religion, and this is really incredible. In my own homeland people were divided within artificial boundaries, which at some point became trenches, and warfare erupted. Here, there are no boundaries. The only boundary I can see is what you can achieve. You see, you are your own boundary. That is what I like the most about Canada.

We are happy to be in Canada. We can breathe freely because we know that here nobody really cares about our background, about our religion, and this is really incredible. In my own homeland people were divided within artificial boundaries, which at some point became trenches, and warfare erupted. Here, there are no boundaries. The only boundary I can see is what you can achieve. You see, you are your own boundary. That is what I like the most about Canada. 43 CHAPTER SIX Jump Higher! A thirty-eight-year-old Palestinian electrician from the West Bank As a geographic unit, Palestine extends from the Mediterranean on the west to the Arabian Desert on the east and from the lower Litani River in the north to the Gaza Valley in the south.

Twice I had the feeling that there was a sort of chemistry. I spent three months with one girl, attending almost every single cultural event in the city, but nothing happened. I realized that she wanted a relationship but in a way she was scared for some reason. , who came to see me during the last few years. But nothing happened. Before, I never had the feeling that I had difficulty approaching anyone from the opposite sex, but here in Canada, I am not so sure. Is it OK not to be afraid of losing your country, all your past, all your friends, and to create a new life in a new place?

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