(1) Use resources like the Global Detention Project to get an idea of the enormous scale of the global refugee crisis. And watch this short film by Mary Kenz:
(2) Use projects like Platform London to learn how oil companies fuel violence in places like the Niger Delta – the area from which Little Bee flees in the novel.
(3) I recommend three extraordinary books as a good entry point to start thinking about what it means to be a refugee, and what refugees from conflict can expect. The first is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, a veteran of the conflict in Sierra Leone. The second is Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees by Caroline Moorehead, an excellent and dedicated journalist. The third is What is the What by Dave Eggers.
(4) If you would like to help refugees and asylum seekers, there is likely to be a group close to you. If there isn’t, you might consider starting one – you will certainly find help, encouragement and resources from existing groups in your country and around the world. Here are some good starting points to get involved:
In the UK, Refugee Action is a passionate and tireless group with excellent information to get you started.
In Australia, Amnesty International’s refugee awareness program is excellent.
If readers in other countries could use the comments facility on this page to give links to their local organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers, I will incorporate them into this page. Many thanks.