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by Chaker Khazaal
This inspiring memoir recounts the moving story of a Palestinian-Canadian, from his upbringing in a refugee camp to becoming successful author and global advocate for human rights.
by Chaker Khazaal
As a displaced Palestinian child growing up in a refugee camp, Chaker Khazaal dreamed of the world outside. Through hard work, talent, and a knack for forging relationships, he received a scholarship to study in Canada, leading to citizenship and a chance at a new life. But opportunity and success came at the price of both his psychological health and his identity.
Today, Khazaal is a human rights advocate, public speaker, and journalist, whose reporting on the refugee crisis for the Huffington Post inspired his two novels: Tale of Tala, and Confessions of a War Child. Ouch! is an intimate memoir that takes us on a journey into Khazaal's life and mind as he traverses the Middle East, the United States, and the rest of globe.
Denied entry to his homeland and trapped in Beirut, Khazaal begins Ouch! during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Amid the global turmoil of the year, Khazaal reckons with his own demons in a revealing memoir that offers stunning insight into his own psychological state while soberly documenting the plight of the stateless.
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"Survival is something that comes naturally to a refugee. I feel we are born with the necessary instincts to live without rights, without resources, and without a state's protection. Refugees face appalling living conditions that are unsafe and even unsanitary. But a refugee can endure."
– Chaker Khazaal