IBNA- The young adults picture book ‘Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey’ (2016) by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs on the turmoil of Syrian refugees has been translated into Persian and published.
According to IBNA correspondent, the original version of the work has been published in English and Arabic edition. The Persian version has been translated by Seyyed Ali Shoja’ee and released by Neyestan Publishing which has legally purchased the copyright of the book.
This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis.
‘Stepping Stones’ tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story.
The story conveys the happiness of peaceful childhood, then the confusion and the fears born of war and migration, and the relief and curiosity of arriving at a new home.