To access cultural overviews and background information for the following ethnicities click on these links:

1.     Afghani

2.     Bhutanese

3.     Burmese/Karen/Karenni/Chin (Background InfoRefugees Cultural Profile)

4.     Burundian (Quick Fact SheetProfileBackground Info)

5.     Congolese

6.     Cuban

7.     Eritrean

8.     Iranian

9.     Iraqi (Refugees Cultural OverviewQuick Fact Sheet)

10. Somali

11. Sudanese

12. Syrian

Also check out the Cultural Orientation Resource Center's website for extensive background information on Congolese, Eritrean, Iraqi, Bhutanese, and Burmese, Burundian, and Bantu Somali refugees, in addition to an article on Muslim refugees in general. Another helpful resource is the "Every Culture" website.

Click here for helpful information about Arabic websites and TV programs.

Books and Films:

·         The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky, Farah Ahmedi, with Tamim Ansary, Simon Spotlight Ent., 2005

·         Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, Mawi Asgedom, Megan Tingley, 2002

·         This Flowing Towards Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers, Marilyn Lacey, Ava Maria Press, 2009

·         Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness, Tracy Kidder, Random House, 2010

·         Between Earth and Sky, Documentary by Kalyanee Mam & David Mendez, 2009

·         Ministries of Mercy, by Tim Keller

·         Tangible, by Chris Sicks

·         The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman

·         The Middle of Everywhere, Mary Pipher

·         What is the What? by Dave Eggers

·         Refugee Hotel by Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman

·         The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir by Farah Ahmedi

·         The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community by Mary Pipher

·         Refugee: The Ugliest Word by Aftaba Mezetovic

·         Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom

·         Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang

·         Muslims, Christians, and Jesus by Carl Medearis 

·         A Muslim’s Heart by Edward J. Hoskins

·         Hummus, Haircuts, and Henna Parties by Fouad Masri 

·         A Muslim's Mind by Edward J. Hoskins

·         Woman to Woman by Joy Loewen 

·         The Crescent Through the Eyes of the Cross by Dr. Nabeel T. Jabbour

·         The Gospel for Muslims by Thabiti Anyabwile 

·         Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis


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