Published: 16 July 2013 at 15:37
Anglia Ruskin student produces book to help youngsters affected by conflict
Children in refugee camps on the border of Syria and Turkey are being helped to come to terms with their difficult surroundings thanks to a book written and illustrated by an Anglia Ruskin University student.
Samah Zaitoun, who is studying on the MA course in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin, is originally from Syria and wanted to help youngsters who have been displaced by the conflict in her home country.
The 35-year-old has worked with Books for Syria, a national organisation that is part of the UNESCO-certified Books International project, to distribute thousands of copies of her book, Far From Home, to refugee camps on the border as well to children still living in the war-torn Syrian cities of Idlib and Aleppo.
Far From Home is a children’s book written in Arabic and English about optimism, resilience and a family of geese, which Samah hopes will make a difference to some very distressed and confused children.
Samah, who graduated with a Fine Art degree from the University of Damascus before moving to the UK, said:
Samah combines her studies at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge with being a mother of two young children at home in Willesden Green, North London. She added: