Pictures in My Heart tells the 'other' story about refugees. Artworks, photographs and stories follow the lives of Afghan refugees from war torn Afghanistan to rural South Australia and beyond. Written by Fiona Hamilton, published by Wakefield Press with forwords by Julian Burnside and Hossein Valamanesh.



In praise of Pictures in My Heart


"A stunningly beautiful book of heartfelt stories, delicate poems, and magnificent images give a genuine sense of the rich and ancient culture of Afghan Hazaras are forced to flee. Their personal stories of terror, loss and grief, and the uncertainties of guaranteed saftey, created empathy and understanding of the plight of all refugees."

Robin De Crespigny, The People Smuggler



"This delightful and remarkable book captures the experience and Hazara refugees, re-imagining and rebulding their lives half a world away in South Australia. This is a story theat combines tragedy with healing, and reminds us of the power of art to help the human spirit to endure and triumph."

Tim Costello, CEO World Vision Australia



"Pictures in My Heart is a beautiful book. Fiona Hamilton superbly captures, through the authentic voices of refugees in our midst, the mixed emotions of grief and hope, of anguish and joy, that characterise the refugee experience. The magnificent, wistful photographs of Afghanistan show why many refugees remain desperately homesock even as circumstances force them to seek protection in other parts of the world. This is a volume to savour."

Professor William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific













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