Born In Syria



This resource guide accompanies the programme,

Alt Screen: IN TRANSIT – Born in Syria (Singapore Premiere).

Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, an estimated nine million Syrians have fled their homes, with children making up half that number.

Born in Syria follows the journeys of seven child refugees escaping from Syria, through refugee camps in the Middle East, to their arrival in Europe. The film premiered at the Seville European Film Festival in 2016 and competed in the Mar Del Plata Film Festival and the Mediterranean Film Festival of Brussels.

These resources are drawn from the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library collection, located at the National Library. This resource guide was prepared in June 2017 by Hameedah M Ibrahim, Librarian at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.


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  • Howard-Hassmann, R. E., & Walton-Roberts, M. (Eds.). (2015). The Human right to citizenship: A slippery concept. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press. Retrieved from DeGruyter publishing ebook collection.
    The Human Right to Citizenship provides a theoretical and legal framework to understanding the particular ambiguities, paradoxes and evolution of citizenship regimes in the 21st century. The book also examines the legal and social implications of specific national contexts; the status of labour migrants in the United States and Canada; the changing definition of citizenship in Nigeria, Germany, India, and Brazil; and the rights of ethnic groups including Palestinians, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi migrants to India and Roma in Europe.


  • McConnachie, K. (2014). Governing refugees: Justice, order and legal pluralism. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from NetLibrary (eBooks on EBSCOHost).
    This book examines camp management and the administration of justice in refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border. It focuses on how refugees cope with and adapt to encampment, and includes the discussion of themes such as agency, sovereignty and legal pluralism.


  • Napoleoni, L. (2016). Merchants of men: How Jihadists and ISIS turned kidnapping and refugee trafficking into a multi-billion dollar business. New York: Seven Stories Press. Retrieved from Overdrive: Digital media collection.
    Merchants of Men is based on access to hostage negotiators, who are actively involved in ransom negotiations and rescue missions; counter-terrorism experts; members of security services; as well as former hostages. It presents the protocols of prevention and rescue, which are dependent on the type of abduction target profiles and backgrounds of the kidnapped victims.


  • Silva, S. (2011). Along an African border: Angolan refugees and their divination baskets. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press. Retrieved from DeGruyter publishing ebook collection.
    Along an African Border examines how a community of Luvale people, Angolan refugees living in Zambia, use lipele divination baskets to both cope with daily life in a new land and maintain connections with their past.



  • Betts, A., & Collier, P. (2017). Refuge: Transforming a broken refugee systemLondon: Allen Lane. Call number: 325.21 BET
    Refuge offers innovative insights to the challenges refugees face by setting out an alternative vision aimed at empowering refugees to help themselves, enabling them to contribute to their host societies and facilitating the rebuilding of their homelands.


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Written by Mervin Teo