Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Through My Eyes: Zafir

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Through My Eyes: Zafir

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Title: Through my eyes: Zafir

Author: Prue Mason

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2015

The Through my eyes series, edited by Lyn White, poignantly tells of personal hardships, heartaches and hope in our world's most dangerous conflict zones, countries including Somalia, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Told from the perspective of children, this series harnesses the power of story-telling through innocence in times of severe adversity. Zafir's story focuses on the civil war in Syria, from the secretive whisper of freedom through to the whistle and echoes of street bombings and protests. This story is a delicate tapestry about family, freedom, war and refuge.


Told through the eyes of soon-to-be-thirteen year old Zafir, readers experience everyday life in Syria and how families are affected by the current war. Zafir and his family have recently moved from Dubai to Syria for his father's work as the director of the local hospital in Homs. Missing his former life and friends, Zafir finds friendship in a boy at his school, Rami, whom others bully because his father has been exiled as a traitor because he does not support the current president of Syria. Meanwhile at home, Zafir's parents argue about the state of the country. His mother speaks of freedom and revolution, while his father supports the president and political party. …

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