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.


Onjali Rauf @OnjaliRauf

@AlfDubs is a hero to me. A model for us all https://twitter.com/OnjaliRauf/status/1333417145405992960

"I am embarrassed & ashamed & angry that we are not doing more than we could be doing..." @AlfDubs highlighting how remembering the past is important, but how we must act in the present too... A message this @conservatives government need to heed. #RefugeesWelcome

"When I heard there are 95,000 unaccompanied child refugees somewhere in Europe, I felt compelled to do something, to help them in their journeys..." Sir @AlfDubs #RefugeesWelcome ⚡

"Here are the girls. They're going to he your sisters until the war is over."
#DavidAttenborugh speaks on how his parents worked to help Jewish refugees survive the #Holocaust 💕So heartwarming. 10,000 children were saved in 9 months. Never surpassed since. #RefugeesWelcome

ACTION 6 of #16Days: Ask your friends & tech-savvy family members if they have an old iPad / Kindle they no longer have any use for, which can be posted out to a child living in one of our supported shelters. #iKindleForKids
LEARN MORE AT: https://makingherstory.org.uk/homepage/ikindle-for-kids/

TEACHERS! (Just thought of this!) If you have a spare hour with your class at 2pm today&you think they're old enough to listen in, the BRILLIANT #DavidAttenborugh &hero @AlfDubs will be talking about their experiences of refugeedom during WWII!FREE event.


The year 5 reading group have explored pomegranates today. We love the imagery @OnjaliRauf uses to describe them, ‘When you pull one open, it’s like finding a million sparkling red rubies all squashed together inside a round suitcase and bursting to get out.’

We are ready for writing direct speech tomorrow using our current class book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by @OnjaliRauf 📖 The class are obsessed with this book and it’s lovely seeing some of them buying their own copies 🤩

Today we finished our class novel The Boy at the Back of the Class, the children were cheering during the final chapter and we had a brilliant discussion to summarise the key messages. My class have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book thank you @OnjaliRauf for raising awareness.

Young Carers were thrilled to receive their certificates today- which were well deserved! We loved seeing you all each week! We can’t wait for 2021 #BookClub3 #YoungCarers #Bromley #reading @OnjaliRauf @BromleyWell @NHSBromley_CCG

Loved #TheBookofHopes as much as we did? Join us on Monday for an unmissable event feat. Katherine Rundell @ben_cajee @brixtonbard @catwrote @frankcottrell_b @bookhorse @sharnajackson @OnjaliRauf ✨ tickets here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2Jci3na

We honestly can’t express how happy Year 5 were to receive this lovely gift and postcard today. Snowy, is sitting in the reading chair ready for our next reading and writing activity. @OnjaliRauf what an inspiration you are. Bless your heart! @mrsunsworth35 @MrCornishTweets


They are "A Kind of Spark", "Wonderscape", "Dragon Mountain", "The Night Bus Hero", "The Wild Way Home", "Mic Drop", "The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates", "The Midnight Guardians", "The Deathless Girls" & "The Book of Hopes"!

Very excited to find some beautiful pomegranates to show my class next week. No need for a Sunday adventure! @OnjaliRauf #TheBoyAtTheBackOfTheClass

As a refugee you always yearn for a sense of belonging and unconditional acceptance in this world. @OnjaliRauf Thank you for this treasure of hope & inspiration in which young & old will find themselves.

@mossmontmomery @OnjaliRauf Thank you so much, Ross! Huge congratulations to you too! Onjali, my friend let me have a peek! Here is a screenshot of your bit!

Spotted! Four of our great books on ⁦@thetimes⁩ Best Children’s Books of the Year list
📚The Ickabog ⁦@jk_rowling⁩
📚The Night Bus Hero ⁦@OnjaliRauf⁩
📚Dosh ⁦@RashmiWriting⁩
📚Eight Pieces of Silva ⁦⁦@LawrencePatrice⁩ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/best-childrens-books-of-the-year-2020-v55799vzz

Challenged my class to find a pomegranate inspired by @OnjaliRauf 's boy at the back of the class. The next day a child appeared with this one, we had to draw a smiley face on. Its for Ahmet they said. ❤️

@OnjaliRauf I have just finished reading this book. Very moving and thought provoking. One of my Year 5 girls has bought it too, after I told them how it had fallen into my shopping basket 😁 Can't wait to see what she thinks of it!

STILL TIME TO REGISTER for this FREE event being held at 2PM TOMORROW. Join Sir #DavidAttenborugh and hero Sir @AlfDubs, as they speak about their own personal experiences of hosting refugees during #WWII 💕 #RefugeesWelcome