The book pays tribute to famous refugees from the past and the present, from reality and fiction… including the Man of Steel, Superman.
“Superman too was a refugee” includes the stories of famous refugees like Aeneas and Dante. Aeneas – a hero from ancient Greek mythology – was a refugee and found in Italy the home he had dreamt about. Famous Italian poet and philosopher Dante died in exile, not in his beloved Florence. And then there’s comic book hero Superman – an alien who had to leave his home planet Krypton and who found refuge on earth.
UNHCR wrote in a statement that the book “parallel lives that have in common a dream, a passion, a talent and the courage of putting them at the service of others.”
The book “was conceived to enable girls and boys to form their own opinion on what it means to be a refugee, based on real stories,” UNHCR spokeswoman for southern Europe Carlotta Sami said. “The direct and captivating language of the stories helps them understand better the experiences of people of their age, in a creative way that is devoid of prejudice and stereotypes. We hope that the book in this way will become a fundamental tool for the promotion of a culture of integration, which also indirectly involves the families and teachers of the young readers and society as a whole.”