Edmonton Journal article and video
Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung talked to Fish
“Besides the terrific prose and its more harrowing details, what really makes the 220-page book special is its fully realized portrait of normal, everyday Syria slowly being chipped away at by numerous interests wrestling for power.
“One of the book’s great strengths is the on-the-streets feeling in Syria — kids playing soccer one moment, avoiding unknown peril sneaking through familiar alleys to avoid dangerous checkpoints the next.
“…’Don’t take me so seriously because I am a refugee and a Muslim — joke with me, laugh with me’ [al Rabeeah says].”
In addition to the article, the Edmonton Journal has created a moving video interview with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, who wrote Homes: A Refugee Story, about Abu Bakr’s desire to share his story: what it was really like growing up in Syria during the civil war.