English / Australia

Donkeys can’t fly on planes. Stories of survival from South Sudanese refugee children living in Australia

Various authors (text/illus.)
Abbotsford: Kids’ Own Publishing, 2012. –
53 p.
ISBN 978-0-9874290-3-2

Africa | Refugee | Migration | War | Survival | Non-fiction

Kids’ Own Publishing is a not-for-profit organisation which was originally founded in Ireland in 1997 and now exists both in Ireland and Australia. One of its main aims is to encourage children and their families from different cultures to write, illustrate, and publish their own books.

In ≫Donkeys can’t fly on planes≪, twenty-two refugee children from South Sudan, who now live in Australia, share their personal survival stories. In short, honest texts that are accompanied by mixed-media collage illustrations, the children talk about life in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and other African countries. They share experiences of starvation and war, of family separation and death, but they also describe African customs and traditions, everyday life and happy memories.

The twenty-five stories gathered in this volume were created in workshops conducted by professional artists and writers who helped the children find their own voices. (Age: 6+)