D. Tacchini, Z. M. Barakat, I. AlDajani, M. Leiner (eds), Reconciliation and Refugees. The Academic Alliance for Reconciliation Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2022
The book continues the RIPAR series by focusing on the MENA region.This volume is about refugees and their multiple needs for reconciliation with themselves and others. In particular, feelings of grief and guilt over leaving home and parts of family behind, terrible experiences during their journey, conflicts with other refugees and with locals, loss of much of what gave life meaning and significance, and the difficulties of returning to a changed country, a home that may no longer feel like home, are the individual facets of this need for reconciliation.
Activities of the UN, international refugee assistance organizations, government agencies, municipalities, NGOs, religious and humanitarian organizations, are presented in this book. Numerous researchers from the countries of the MENA region describe not only successful activities, but also difficulties faced by numerous societies in the MENA region in maintaining their original welcoming attitude toward refugees. Similar to Germany, ultimately descending curves of refugee acceptance can also be drawn for countries such as Jordan, Turkey or Lebanon. However, the book also demonstrates how great tasks these countries have to cope with due to the influx of refugees and what efforts have also been made.
In addition to authors from Morocco, Libya, Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, the volume also includes texts from German, Greek, Italian and U.S. perspectives. The book shows a region ravaged by wars and conflicts, but it also presents initiatives and approaches to reconciliation.