Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf


Onjali Q. Raúf is a children’s author and human rights activist. She is the founder and CEO of two NGO’s: Making Herstory, an organisation working to end all forms of domestic violence, abuse and trafficking crimes perpetrated against women and children; and O’s Refugee Aid Team, through which she mobilises aid convoys and funds to help refugees surviving across northern France and beyond. She is the author of The Boy at the Back of the Class (2018), which won the 2019 Blue Peter Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, The Star Outside My Window (2019), The Day We Met The Queen (World Book Day, 2020), and The Night Bus Hero (2020). Onjali is also a Patron of VIP Reading, Facefront Theatre, and NIA, and was listed as one of BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019.

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Onjali Rauf @OnjaliRauf

This Thursday, 7pm, I'll be joining @JerichoWriters Summer Festival for a lovely chat. As it's an adult audience, I think the chances of being asked if I own my own helicopter yet, or if I'd be happier getting paid in chocolate are low? 😉 #NeverSayNever


29.07.21 In Tarsus, Amal was welcomed warmly by the local children that held her hand and invited her to play. She stumbled upon the beautiful Ulucami Mosque before accepting a gift of welcome created by the local community just for her… 🇹🇷

#LittleAmal #TheWalk

We are extremely saddened by the forest fires in Turkey. The Walk of Little Amal continues with deep sympathy for all who are affected. The Walk is a festival of hope. We hope that all the countries suffering from this disaster achieve a speedy recovery.


"To break the business model of smugglers, the govt should focus on opening safe routes". @BGardinerSmith explains why we need more safe routes for people like Mohammed. "Taking the air route" is not a safe or easy option. #SafeRoutesSaveLives https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/no-need-to-risk-the-channel-migrants-take-the-air-route-l7pxr20wl

10-year-old Aniyah's life is in disarray following the disappearance of her mum. But people with the brightest hearts never truly leave. They become stars . . .

@OnjaliRauf celebrates hope and resilience in The Star Outside My Window.

99p Kindle deal! https://amzn.to/3A2ybfO

It costs more to maintain a system of perpetual homelessness than it does to just put people who need them into homes

If you need some #MondayMotivation, the brilliant You Are a Champion by @MarcusRashford and @Ankaman616 is just the thing!

It's a really empowering read that encourages children to dream big - and you still just about have time to win one of five copies: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/competitions/be-a-champion-like-marcus-rashford-with-this-inspiring-book/

🧵Not a step my wife & I have taken lightly. After our nursery application for our daughter was refused a 2nd time, my wife asked her White Scottish friend to put in an application for a Child the same age. Within 24hrs of refusing our application my wife's friend's was accepted. https://twitter.com/Daily_Record/status/1421956582435348483

She just about made it.

#WearAMask And please don't expect me to come near you if you don't have one on. Thanks.

Turkish people need help & solidarity as over 110 wild fires continue to rage across the country, destroying everything in their path, destroying homes, lives, entire natural habitats. #Turkeyisburning

It’s time!🕗
Our #PrimarySchoolBookClub📚 Pick (July) we’ve voted to read over August is...

SECRETS OF THE STARS @thecosyreader
Cover: @karlj_mountford

See you to discuss&vote in next #PrimarySchoolBookClub📚on Tuesday 31st August.

Thanks for voting&happy reading!

It’s been incredible seeing entries for our ‘Shinoy & the Chaos Crew’ Design a New Character Competition.
Check out the fabulous winning entries which have been brought to life by Chaos Crew Illustrator, Amit Tayal.
Well done to everyone who entered 💥 https://twitter.com/collins_int/status/1421746281958055936

We are so happy and honoured that Sunflower Sisters has been included in the #PrimarySchoolBookClub vote this evening. Head to @PrimarySchoolBC and vote for it using the pinned tweet! 🌻 @HayesDias @OwletPress

You can catch my religion&ethics prog for @BBCRadio4's Something Understood which repeated this morn and will be online for the next 4 weeks. From the Iliad to Stormzy, here's my take on 'Power in Weakness' https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09wpmnb

A warm welcome aboard to all our new followers and supporters who've joined our crew these past few days. These are just some of the many recent rescues that the amazing volunteers you support have been carrying out this week 👇 #SaveEveryOne

Forgot to say (too many scrumptious little ones running around me!), but a #secretlysigned copy of #theboyatthebackoftheclass and #TheNightBusHero was left in @swanseastones on Friday morning 🤗💕👀🏃🏿‍♀️

@millihill @OnjaliRauf @JessDeWahls @jk_rowling Snap again!

@OnjaliRauf @JessDeWahls @jk_rowling Snap.🤩

@malorieblackman @OnjaliRauf @CCriadoPerez have u seen this?

Hello! Back for our final #FontSunday guest-host, we are @SAHM_UK here to celebrate #SouthAsianHeritageMonth2021. Tomorrow’s theme is South Asian typographers. Send in your examples from noon. Here is Bangladeshi Font Foundry, Bengal Fonts.