June 20, 2019, World Refugee Day
Our bilingual publishing company was hired by aid organization Save the Children to create an illustrated story about displaced Rohingya children. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority of 1.3 million, formerly living in the Rakhine State within Myanmar. Two years ago, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fled violence and horrific abuses in their home and sought safety in neighboring Bangladesh. More than half of those fleeing were children.
Thoughtfully illustrated with detailed imagery, The Unexpected Friend is a fictional story based on the real lives of those children currently living in the refugee camps of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Their individual stories were compiled through the dedicated work of aid agencies Save the Children, Plan International and World Vision and transformed into a storybook in partnership with Guba Publishing, for the purpose of gifting it to the children in the camps.
The Unexpected Friend: A Rohingya Children’s Story is available for purchase on the Guba Publishing website. All profits from book sales to be donated directly to Save the Children’s Rohingya relief fund in Bangladesh. Order the book here.
Here are some other picture books to teach young children about the worldwide refugee humanitarian crisis (links to Amazon listing):