refugees Quotes

20 of the best book quotes about refugees
  1. #1
    “Salva made up his mind. He would walk south, to Kenya. He did not know what he would find once he got there, but it seemed to be his best choice.”
  2. #2
    ″‘Don’t you see?’ Lito said. ‘The Jewish people on the ship were seeking asylum, just like us. They needed a place to hide from Hitler. From the Nazis. Mañana, we told them. We’ll let you in mañana. But we never did.’ Lito was crying now, distraught. ‘We sent them back to Europe and Hitler and the Holocaust. Back to their deaths. How many of them died because we turned them away? Because I was just doing my job?‘”
  3. #3
    “We’ve spent too much time talking about it and not doing anything. It’s not safe here. It hasn’t been for months. Years. We should have gone long ago. Ready or not, if we want to live, we have to leave Syria.”
  4. #4
    ″‘We’re not criminals!’ one of the other men in the cell yelled at him.
    ‘We didn’t ask for civil war! We didn’t want to leave our homes!’ another man yelled.
    ‘We’re refugees!’ Mahmoud yelled, unable to stay silent any longer. ‘We need help!‘”
  5. #5
    “The vacationers dropped their voices, and even though Mahmoud couldn’t understand what they were saying, he could hear the disgust in their words. This wasn’t what the tourists had paid for. They were supposed to be on holiday, seeing ancient ruins and beautiful Greek beaches, not stepping over filthy, praying refugees.
    They only see us when we do something they don’t want us to do, Mahmoud realized.”
  6. #6
    “Mahmoud’s mother broke down in tears, and his father let the life jackets he carried drop to the ground.
    The smuggler had just told them their boat wasn’t leaving tonight.
    ‘No boat today. Tomorrow. Tomorrow,’ he’d told Mahmoud’s father.”
  1. #7
    “It’s not easy to start over in a new place,′ he said. ‘Exile is not for everyone. Someone has to stay behind, to receive the letters and greet family members when they come back.”
  2. #8
    “Zainullah’s angry now. Zahra’s withdrawn. She used to be so bright and bubbly. But I think it’s making Hassan get some sense. Everyone gets nightmares.”
  3. #9
    “But that’s like the Terror. Everyone who didn’t do what they wanted was removed. Had we landed in a situation like the one we’d just escaped from?”
  4. #10
    “Guards kept telling us that no one wanted us in Australia.”
  5. #11
    “It’s not possible to be this frightened and to stay alive.”
  6. #12
    “So we are in prison here because the government doesn’t want us.”

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  1. #13
    “I know I’ll be alright when we get out.”
  2. #14
    “Why do they keep us behind high wire fences like we are criminals?”
  3. #15
    “While it is true there are people who don’t want us here, there are others who welcome us, and are happy to share their country with us.”
  4. #16
    “They take away our people’s lives.”
  5. #17
    “I usually tell the two Z’s stories about home, and about Dad and our Bahkhuls or Arjays. Yes, it is good they hear these stories. Not about things from here.”
  6. #18
    “Mum seemed more and more often to sit gazing out of the window, oblivious to us.”
  7. #19
    “She was getting more and more headaches, and spending more time in our room.”
  8. #20
    “I wouldn’t have done it if I had known people wouldn’t believe us.”
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