March 2022

Heartbreak and Hope: Life in a Refugee Camp

National Book Award finalists Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson talk about their graphic novel, “When Stars are Scattered.” thise story of Omar's childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya reveals the resiliency of the human spirit in spite of trauma, uncertainty and boredom.

Victoria Jamieson

Victoria Jamieson is the creator of "All's Faire in Middle School" and the Newbery Honor Book "Roller Girl." Her collaboration with Omar Mohamed, "When Stars are Scattered," was named a National Book Award Finalist....

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Omar Mohamed

Omar Mohamed spent his childhood at the Dadaab camp in Kenya. He now lives in Pennsylvania and works at a center to help resettle other refugees. He is the founder of Refugee Strong, a non-profit organization that empowers students living in refugee camps....

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