Mi­grants’ sto­ries told in new books


English may not be their first lan­guage but the mes­sages are sim­i­lar.

Two women from Burma, two from Iraq and one from Malta have to­gether pro­duced three books, telling sto­ries of per­sonal jour­neys that brought them to New Zealand.

The project’s co-or­di­na­tor Ce­cilia John­son from the Porirua Lan­guage Project hoped peo­ple would find the sto­ries in­ter­est­ing and they would add to the rich cul­tures that al­ready ex­ist in this coun­try.

She hoped it would in­spire read­ers to write down their own sto­ries.

The books took about a year to com­plete and were made with the help of a Porirua City Coun­cil cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties grant, John­son said.

‘‘At times the sto­ries will make you laugh and at times will break your heart.’’

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