Accounts of migration and escape come from both men and women who had to leave their homes by force or because of the disastrous economic situations in their respective countries. Let’s take a look back in history: When the African nations gained their independence from Europe in the 1960s, they had to start from scratch. The idea of western education and technological development had attracted various African societies, but only some of the countries were able to provide adequate labor for the young people. Some of the new elites hindered the progress of the society by using the existing wealth for their own purposes. Subsequently, thousands of young Africans have come to the U.S. or Europe, looking for a better education and better jobs. After decolonization, many Africans had to escape from political distress and civil war. By disclosing the motives for their flight, African writers show that behind the fate of every refugee there unfolds both a personal and a political drama.

Senegalese writer Fatou Diome is living in France when she takes a look back to her origins, on isle Niodior off the coast of Senegal.

In her novel, “The Belly of the Atlantic” , we get a glimpse at the role of women in those African societies dominated by Islamic traditions.

Alek Wek’s autobiography, “Alek.” , is an unusual and vividly-written account. She has experienced the extremes of life. A refugee from civil war in Sudan, she became a top fashion model in Europe.

The British author Berlie Doherty wrote the amazing story, “Abela. The Girl who saw Lions”.

A social worker at the beginning of her career, Berlie Doherty stumbled upon a phenomenon called “child trafficking.” Children are taken away from their homes, either by false promises or by force, to work in a foreign country. The worst jobs, as well as abuse, await them – unless they are lucky enough to be rescued.

You can find many of these books in your library.