Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf


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.


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Today we are celebrating an advocacy success! 🎉We are pleased the @ukhomeoffice has implemented some of our key recommendations from our report with @_A_S_A_P to protect women seeking asylum at risk of domestic abuse in their new Domestic Abuse Guidance. https://t.co/238toiLHOL

“Wild Horses of the Sea”

Huge pod of young dolphins marching up the coast off Laguna Beach captured by Chuck Patterson

This is breathtaking and we need to protect this by CLEANING OUR OCEANS AND KEEPING PLASTIC OUT OF THEM.

Look at them. So Majestic. So Beautiful


My phone running out of juice but cannot say thank you enough to @domdelaking @the_orionstar @HachetteKids for organising an amazing tour of @Waterstones. Will tweet more pics tomorrow. Met so many wonderful booksellers hens and graffitrees artists ! #wheretheriverrunsgold

These attacks on farmers and their crops are forcing people into starvation. This cannot continue. Please join our call to #SAVEIDLIB - write to your MP now:

In Syria, hunger is being used as a weapon of war.

Idlib's farmers are a target in a scorched-earth campaign by the Assad regime and its Russian backers.

For those farmers who have survived the conflict and are struggling to get by, to see their crops burn is unimaginable.

#secretlysigned copy of the bookbaby left in haste @HatchStPancras with T-4 minutes to catch the train...🏃🏾‍♀️👀🙈

@OnjaliRauf @DunkirkRefugees She just brought home her year’s worth of school work amongst which was this .... don’t see Hogwarts mentioned anywhere!

Well done to our shortlisted authors for the 2019 Tower Hamlets Book Award: @OnjaliRauf @itspeterbrown @SEDurrant @catwrote @petergbell @balirai

Yesterday, I started this on sunny Great Yarmouth beach! I’m a few chapters in and loving it so far 📖 @OnjaliRauf @ojsBookClub @PrimarySchoolBC @_Reading_Rocks_ #summerreading #summerholidays

A border patrol agent asked a 3-year-old girl to make a terrible choice.

One of her parents could stay with her in the US. The other would be sent to Mexico.

It was left up to her to pick which one.

This is cruelty for cruelty's sake. It has to stop.


Calling all Children's Publishers...
BOOK NOMINATIONS for @youngcityreads 2020 @brightfest are OPEN!
#publishers #publicists - we can't wait to hear your book suggestions.
#BIGREAD #schools #KS2 #Brighton #Sussex #Hove #ChildrensBooks

BREAKING: #TheSquad - @IlhanMN, @AOC, @RashidaTlaib & @AyannaPressley - are proving themselves to be every racist misogynist's worst nightmare & call on the US public to not let #ClickBait @realDonaldTrump deter them from what is really happening. ⚡️ https://t.co/eSaWk2uyNG

Love my author door but it’s going to have to change to a wall with all the amazing authors and their generosity. New one added thank you @strangelymagic - have your book for the summer. @SJOHart @vashti_hardy @andyjshepherd @J_T_Butterworth @VIPreading

Today we are wishing a super-duper, very, very, completely wonderful HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the magnificent Shirley Hughes, one of our Lifetime Achievement Award winners! ❤️

Thank you so much to Shirley for the wonderful books. We'd love to hear which ones are your favourites!

The Boy at the Back of the Class, our class read, by @OnjaliRauf has been a big hit in #aslanclass It has even influenced some of our writing content when doing free writes. It has been so popular that some of the class now have their own copies.

WOW what a way to end the year. The first school in Middlesbrough to achieve the ‘Pupil Headstarter’s SILVER award 🥈 - well done to our fabulous team and Mrs Tidy - here’s to Gold in 2020! @HeadStart_Boro @AdAstraTrust @OnjaliRauf @MboroStcktnMind

I was introduced to the Deputy Manager at the time who I thought was the main manager. He was insensitive and said he couldn’t ring the police on my behalf and was very flippant with his response. He proceeded to say “ Can I tell you something darling, it is a cold world.” @asda

OMG, here we go again. My sisters in Congress are Americans. The voices of women of color have been ignored for far too long — but not anymore. This disgusting and racist attack won’t stop us. https://t.co/YfYGkiesPq

This is how I want women to celebrate their successes. None of that ‘humble’ shit.

Guess what? We have just donated our 5000th bike to a #refugee!

If you'd like to volunteer, donate your old bike, buy a bike to help fund the charity, or, straight-out give a donation via our gifts for refugees, you do all that here...➡️ https://t.co/iy6NUvK881