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, and The Star Outside My Window (2019). 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.


Onjali Rauf @OnjaliRauf

She learned to sign so she could speak to the deaf mailman. ❤️

A Muslim Woman ordered a coffee from Starbucks.

Her name is Aisha but before she could tell her name, a Starbucks employee had already written ISIS on her cup

Strubucks's response: it was an “unfortunate mistake.” accompanied w/ no action


Sometimes I really can't believe my life. Come join us this Friday at 11am, if only to watch me stare open-mouthed at the Utter Geniuses that are @CressidaCowell @frankcottrell_b & @EmilyDrabs. Frank, Cressida: apologies in advance for the squeals👀🙊👀 #CressidaSummerCamp

We are SO excited that this Friday at 11am, we'll be live with @CressidaCowell, @frankcottrell_b & @OnjaliRauf as they answer YOUR questions! Do you have a burning question about getting creative for them?

Ask on #CressidaSummerCamp and tune in on Friday to see if they answer!

Check out my latest BOOK REVIEW: The Boy At The Back Of The Class by @OnjaliRauf with a fun Q&A from the book at the end of the video.

when your 9 year old illegally messages you after lights out because she’s still reading and wants to talk about her book (even though her tablet should be on the landing and she should be fast asleep...) I should have been cross but it was too cute. @OnjaliRauf

@OnjaliRauf Hi Onjali, I just wanted to send you some writing that Issy produced for her home learning. She has rewritten chapter 2 from Ahmet's perspective. I am so proud of her. Thanks for inspiring so many through your work. Could I possibly get a message/RT for her?

Just finished reading ‘the star outside my window’ with the boy.
@OnjaliRauf has quickly become our favourite author. Children’s books, suitable for adults, with a gritty subject, written from the beautifully innocent perspective of a child.
Hoping book 3 might be here soon!?

@Eviewriter @OnjaliRauf Beetle Boy series by @MGLnrd . The True Colours of Coral Glen by @jools_forrest . Rumblestar by @moontrug. And zillions other great books xx

I love this! Yes ... let’s drown out the bad with the good. I’ll start with The Boy at the Back of the Class by @OnjaliRauf .. pass it on! ❤️ https://twitter.com/debtex/status/1280572766673080328

@OnjaliRauf @ChildrensComm @timloughton I remember reading the fabulous kids’ book “When Hitler stole pink rabbit”, as a child. It made me aware of children’s fears as refugees, alike yours, “The boy at the back of the class”. Only idiots fail to realise children’s understanding & desire too!

I’m going to miss this bunch! Think of your favourite book and draw the front cover...These are going to look great in the classroom @OnjaliRauf

Thank you to @NewhamBookshop for our delivery of new ‘class reads’ today👍🏻 We can’t wait to start reading them in September 📚 Special thanks for the signed copies of #theboyatthebackoftheclass @OnjaliRauf

Dear Black voice over actors...#YoungLove, a new animated series which is based on the characters from our Oscar-winning animated short film #HairLove, is now open for business at @hbomax

Demand rolling in from teachers to read A KIND OF SPARK by @BooksandChokers for our Big Summer Read! Can’t wait to get activities around this book ready for Sept! #GHSReads #edutwitter @_KnightsOf @BooksRound #readingforpleasure

Despite so many assurances given by @pritipatel the hostile environment goes on and on.

This is mean-spirited and vindictive.


Based on @MatthewACherry's Oscar-winning short #HairLove, the new 12-episode series is titled 'Young Love' http://thr.cm/PHhbiWX

I gotta say that #Kasabian's PR strategy of announcing Tom Meighan was leaving the band for personal reasons and harvesting thousands of best wishes from concerned fans, knowing he would be revealed as a violent partner abuser just hours later, is disgustingly cynical.

Right, it's time for the next brilliant #CressidaSummerCamp treat! This time, the marvellous @Alex_T_Smith is going to teach us how to draw Mr Penguin, so grab a pencil and have a go!

You can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6E0JQzuP_M

PS What a good doggo Alex has! 😍

Public information message: there is no such thing as 'filming a quick message'. They take ages to film, upload and send. I'm terrible at them. Happy to write you a tweet or an email, otherwise I will be keeping my lockdown hair to myself.

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