Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf


Onjali Q. Raúf is a bestselling 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 (Orion Children’s Books, 2018), which won the 2019 Blue Peter Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, The Star Outside My Window (Orion Children’s Books, 2019), The Day We Met The Queen (World Book Day, 2020), The Night Bus Hero (Orion Children’s Books, 2020), The Great (Food) Bank Heist (Barrington Stoke, 2021), and The Lion Above the Door (Orion Children’s Books, 2021). 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

Crikey, lovely to see a friend ⁦@docadisa⁩ from Ipswich at ⁦@FiLiA_charity⁩ #filia2021 even though just a portrait

Thank you to everyone that entered our book giveaway of @OnjaliRauf's #TheLionAboveTheDoor we were overwhelmed by all of the amazing messages!

Our winners are...@JaceySiva @s_bilham @chatterboxteach @Bakerbryden @CatBMFL @carlyjenglish @StaffsMummy @McCaySays 🎉
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Best news ever for a Monday morning! 💛✨ Thank you so much @sounddelivery and @OnjaliRauf - can’t wait to get started reading this one! 📚🎉 Well done to all the winners and to @chatterboxteach !!! 🎷🐛 💕 https://twitter.com/sounddelivery/status/1450015633115164676

See you in London next weekend for your 10th birthday @walkwithamal ❤️ @OnjaliRauf #RefugeesWelcome https://twitter.com/OnjaliRauf/status/1449479299162071045

When a mother is having to use a food bank to put food on the table for her children & the father pays ZERO in child maintenance, I despair. Do some parents really hate the other so much that they’d rather see their children destitute? #FinancialControl

This #AntiSlaveryDay, it's crucial the that the grooming of children - especially young girls - for exploitation be understood. This form of enslavement can happen anywhere. The only way to stop it is to KNOW. Thank you @childrensociety for this reminder. https://twitter.com/OnjaliRauf/status/1450008067177865216

Just back from seeing the horrendous "camps" (ie railway tracks/bushes) refugee children in France are being forced to live in. So this @childrensociety video on how easily children - esp girls - are enslaved is on my mind. Especially in relation to @walkwithamal. #AntiSlaveryDay

Our spire will turn red tonight for Anti-Slavery Day.

Anti-Slavery Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. Encouraging people from individuals to governments to do what they can to address the problem.

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SHE WON: A woman conceived through rape and who campaigned for nine years to bring her father to justice, has won the prestigious @EmmaHPrize to mark the end of weekend's @FiLiA_charity events. Congratulations @rapeconception: Herstory Maker to the core.


Just a BIT excited about joining the team at @writementor this year! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉👀 https://twitter.com/writementor/status/1449981700092661760

Today, after 1.5 days on the ground in Dunkirk, seeing refugee worlds being healed by @MRefugeeSupport, to meet @walkwithamal and have her come to pet #Snowy was one of the most best, most magical moments in my life. #RefugeesWelcome Always.

And we're off! Thank you to everyone who has helped make out latest (finally!) convoy happen! Snowy sends his love to you all...🤗💕 As do we. https://twitter.com/OnjaliRauf/status/1448900366217666561

As we get busy packing our cars to head out to Calais for our first real convoy in a while, a huge big thank you to @SHKh74 & @Atif_LFC & @lemontreetrust & all awesome hearts who have been donating to make all this happen. What an honour to be your delivery crew. #RefugeesWelcome

Ending the night where it all began: @RochesterCathed - where thanks to @luxmuralis, The Wall of Names which sowed the seeds for #TheLionAboveTheDoor, was lit up in splendid glory. Thank you @RemonaAly for leading me through those doors, all those years ago. Let the roars go on🦁

@RemonaAly @OnjaliRauf We're delighted to be featured in @OnjaliRauf's excellent new book. We're wondering who Mr Young is based on and we're very keen to find out more about Leo Kai Lim DFC 😀😀

"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny & obliterate their own understanding of their history." #GeorgeOrwell

The time to reclaim stories long silenced, & know we belong in History's pages too, is here.

#JoinTheRoar #TheLionAboveTheDoor #EndRacism #WorldWar2

What makes this book so special is its focus on the forgotten heroes of WW2 from all over the world. It tells the stories we all needed to hear when we were kids. Now kids today - and all of us - can know and be proud of those hidden histories @OnjaliRauf
#JoinTheRoar #endracism https://twitter.com/OnjaliRauf/status/1448580455326957578

Out today!!

And we're so excited that @OnjaliRauf is visiting us in a fortnight for a bookshop signing!

Also today this.Every moment of my life spent under green canopies,in blue oceans,every meeting with a wild creature,all my love for it all, my fear for it+ all my hope is in this story. I give it to your heart and hand dear reader @veroniquebaxter @JackieMorrisArt @FireflyPress

And we NEVER learnt anything about this at school! The teachers were too busy making us feel like our parents and grandparents never sacrificed anything for the UK.
Thank @OnjaliRauf for re-telling the true history for our children https://twitter.com/OnjaliRauf/status/1448618575204323328