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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Gave my (half Sri Lankan) daughter this yesterday. Just wish it was around when she was 8 not 18. We became quite emotional. Echoing @OnjaliRauf plea to put copies in all school and public libraries. https://t.co/ZeJXRa5Bxx

Fantastic to see this brilliant new book reviewed by one of our Year 6 children. Highly recommended! @StanfordsBrist @OnjaliRauf

Recommended by our fabulous Children's Book Prize winner @OnjaliRauf, Stories for South Asian Super Girls does away with stereotypes and celebrates the inspiring stories of 50 famous and under-celebrated women from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. https://t.co/GhPaEVH1Ea

My daughter is currently reading Onjali’s #TheBoyAtTheBackOfTheClass and I’ve just ordered #SouthAsianSupergirls for her so we loved this video!!! https://t.co/Zc9fsrQ2wj

In fact, I'm SO in love, I had to make a video of the awesomeness of this book (set to #Rocky of course!). #SouthAsianSupergirls needs to be in EVERY LIBRARY / HOUSE / SCHOOL ever built. Fact. High-fiving ⁦@PinkLadoo⁩ ⁦@KashiHouse⁩ for reminding us of our kick ass heritage!⚡

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, BODACIOUS, BALL-BUSTING BOOK EVER!Thank you @kashihouse for #SouthAsianSupergirls - badass Asian women past&present?YES PLEASE!Oh, how much this would have changed me as a child! @jameelajamil @MeeraSyal @mindykaling - &profits to ⁦@PinkLadoo⁩!I'm in love.

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It's moments like this, I realise just how scarily dense & pro-men-at-all-costs men in power can be (& how most of them have failed to master the art of USING A DICTIONARY). Wow. 'Consensual rape': the new mind-bending justification to rid women any rights over their own bodies.


The Dubs Scheme, which has been a legal route to safety for child refugees in Europe, is no longer accepting transfers from France. Putting children there at risk, forcing them to use smugglers or jump on lorries to reach safety. https://t.co/WyCAoqC52Z

If true, unacceptable and I will be supporting Alf and others in opposing it. We have a duty to refugees https://t.co/NuiTBbAozC

My 6 year old has spent 2 days writing his second book. I love his determination, imagination and spark! Yes, there are little mistakes but he’s 6 and a boy and I’m not about to quell his enthusiasm! He’d love if any authors (or anyone!)wanted to comment on it! Please RT 🥰❤️

Inspiring to meet the mighty @OnjaliRauf today & hear her story of activism on human rights & refugees, the story of those she has encountered & about the brilliant, award-winning story she has written encouraging children to engage in the lives of #refugees. Get a copy! I got 4!

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My heartfelt love & thanks to the beautiful souls of @LondonMethodist @WesleysChapel, for welcoming me & #TheBoyAtTheBackOfTheClass so warmly. I've left this holy space feeling loved & uplifted... & as always, seeing the glorious @Stphotina is... Well... Glorious! #movingstories

@OnjaliRauf Hi Onjali,

Spellbound by your wonderful ‘Boy at the Back of the Class.’ Listened to it on audio, and was blown away by the story. Adults could certainly learn a thing or two from children! Thank you for writing it.. 🥰