War Maker

Sonder #7 (‘Identity’) (March 2023), pp. 25-31
Ed. Sinéad Creedon & Orla Murphy
Sonder, Spring/Summer 2023 - Identity
An African girl dancing with colourful bird on head

Multicultural day sees 12-year-old Syrian refugee Boulos Asali at odds with his classmates and also himself. Should he celebrate his heritage or try to assimilate? Is it wrong to find happiness in Australia while the war still rages back home in Damascus? Perhaps the answer lies in the sun-yellow hair and unfamiliar smile of school captain Taliah Bates-Blue…

Tween silhouettes Puffin + typewriter Syrian flag