Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf

Author

Onjali Q. Raúf is the founder of Making Herstory, an organisation mobilising men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond. In her spare time she delivers emergency aid convoys for refugee families surviving in Calais and Dunkirk, and supports interfaith projects. She specialised in Women’s Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Oxford University respectively.

Onjali’s first novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class, is aimed at middle-graders and it portrays the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child in a warm, funny and moving way. It was released by Orion Children’s Books in the UK in July 2018 and it will also be published by Delacorte in America in Spring 2019, followed by her second middle-grade book, The Star Outside My Window, which will come out in October 2019.

Publications

Onjali Rauf @OnjaliRauf

"If you call me 'Greta of India', you are not covering my story. You are deleting a story."

India's youngest climate activist Licypriya Kangujam is calling out the media for comparing activists of color to Greta Thunberg.

The EU decision to design a naval mission in the Mediterranean specifically to avoid having to rescue people is craven and indefensible https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/02/18/eu-turns-its-back-migrants-distress

Couldn't get back to sleep last night after hearing the latest news from #Idlib, Syria. Nor on seeing the video of little #Salwa being taught to laugh at bombs by her father...So wrote this. Please do donate to @SyriaCivilDef #WhiteHelmets if you can... 💔
https://www.osrefugeeaidteam.org/what-we-do-2/sleepless-nights/

"All of our deepest discussions start off with a very simple question"—@fionanoblebooks speaks with @OnjaliRauf about the "enormous impact" of her début The Boy at The Back of the Class, and her @WorldBookDayUK title The Day We Met The Queen: http://bit.ly/2vF3OAi (£)

@MrKAdams_ We asked @OnjaliRauf to visit our school last month to talk about her life as an activist and her books. She then ran a Yr5 workshop where children wrote to @BorisJohnson asking for safe passage to the UK for refugee children. Tweet her any work you share on Twitter!

Yes! Just finished it with our Year 5’s .. truly amazing book and incredible responses from the children showing real empathy and engagement....it’s a book that should be in every Uks2 classroom .. beautifully written by @OnjaliRauf A book for our time https://twitter.com/mrkadams_/status/1229824678929354754

BREAKING: 900,000 people are fleeing #Idlib as Assad&Russian forces increase their assaults. With Turkey's borders closed & aid forces unable to cope, people are trapped & risk freezing to death. Deafening silence @UKParliament @Conservatives @LabourParty
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/world/europe/turkey-syria-idlib.html

Syria drained everything out of me. Faith in humanity, in the moral arc of the universe, the energy to carry on every day and do interesting and exciting things, to react emotionally, care about new things. I don't know how Syrians carry on every day. All I can say is I'm sorry.

This is breaking my heart. Remember the film "It's A Wonderful Life"? Well, this may not be taking place in a concentration camp. But death at the hands of despots, destruction of a peoples and our so-called leaders turning their backs are all still part of the mix... 💔

THANK YOU @helenhayes_ for stating truths. "This government’s record on refugees is appalling...It is up to all of us to demand better...& [to refuse]to turn a blind eye to the dehumanising conditions being perpetuated on our doorstep." #RefugeesWelcome
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/it-is-time-britain-stepped-up-to-help-refugees-on-its-doorstep-s5w3k0v2x

If you fancy a brilliant depiction of my gormless face by @AndyBailieArt for your classroom wall, the hilarious, slightly mad team @VIPreading have a half term offer on! With profits for this month going to @o_refugee Aid Team, it's a win-win for everyone - except eyeballs. 👀

What a lovely thing to do https://twitter.com/onjalirauf/status/1228990332890701825

TO WANT A SAFE SPACE FOR VULNERABLE WOMEN IS NOT A HATE CRIME @RLong_Bailey @UKLabour. We believe in safe spaces for ALL. Ignoring, trampling & forcing women (#WeExist!) to give up their already meagre, underfunded safe spaces is NOT the way to do it.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/long-bailey-trans-women-refuges-law-a9337911.html

Speak French? 🇫🇷
Want to help child refugees access safe, legal routes to sanctuary? 🧒👧
Then we might have the job for you. 👍
We're recruiting a new member for our team in Paris ▶️▶️▶️
https://www.safepassage.org.uk/casework-and-advocacy-coordinator

Very pleased to share that we're getting ready to release the fourth Femicide Census report on UK femicides in 2018. One of the new areas we've looked at is what was known about the histories of violence of men who killed women.
We'll be releasing the report on Thursday 20th Feb

Waad al-Kateab tells the intimate story of love, marriage and the birth of her daughter Sama, amidst the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.
Stream the award-winning film, For Sama, now on All 4.

#mondaymotivation AWE-inspiring interviewing these award-winning activists & authors @EmiratesLitFest Highly recommend reading how @EdnaAdan defies odds transforming Somaliland's healthcare &fights FGM & #OnjaliRauf sensitive & vital children's📚 on refugees & domestic violence✊🏽

@OnjaliRauf we saw this shop in Covent Garden today and thought of you.

@cerrieburnell Hi Cerrie, my family and I are big fans of yours. I’m jealous of @KevC46, part of team #VIPreading, who’s read your book already! We‘d ❤️ to feature you and your book on our shiny new website http://www.vipreading.co.uk. We have amazing authors and @OnjaliRauf is our fab patron 🎉

Truly grateful to EVERYONE RTing & looking at this wonderful fundraiser. #BooksForBooks. My boy is overwhelmed with your kindness & messages of support & encouragement. Thank you to you all. Let’s make this happen. #TheStarOutsideMyWindow @OnjaliRauf @JudeHabib