Words By

Words By
Humans
Refugees
Rappers
Novelists
Migrants
Musicians
Poets
Writers
Underdogs
Actors
Activists

Words By is a collection of poems which will bring together writers from all walks of life, uniting their diverse voices and providing a platform for their personal expression.

Have your entire life
split between two lands and
become the bridge between two countries

It is sadly all too common for refugees and displaced people to be considered other. In this beautiful poetry book, all words will be considered equal. At its core, Words By is a means of free expression and through it we hope to reinforce our shared humanity. We were inspired to create this book while visiting refugee camps in Greece, where children and young adults write poetry as a way to express themselves and share their stories. We wanted to publish their work alongside established writers – from poets and rappers to authors and journalists – as well as submissions from our London community.

They have no idea what it is like
to lose home at the risk of
never finding home again

Our Book

What is Words By?

Unicef Next Generation is publishing a book of poetry to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Emergency Fund which protects children around the world affected by war and natural disasters. Words By is a collection of poems which will bring together writers from all walks of life, uniting their diverse voices and providing a platform for their personal expression.

It is sadly all too common for refugees and displaced people to be considered other. In this beautiful poetry book, all words will be considered equal. At its core, Words By is a means of free expression and through it, we hope to reinforce our shared humanity.

This book wouldn’t be possible without

Why

In time well wake to see the lines
these thin countries we have drawn

We started the Words By initiative inspired by a need for change. Words By is a collection of writings put together as a book, which acts as an equal platform for people to create through and to tell their stories from. It is our mission to share the words of all humans in an era of great uncertainty. There are negative and misconstrued connotations attached to the term ‘refugee’ and by gathering and sharing these stories from people, incredible people, regardless of where or how their stories began, we are providing a platform to change those misconceptions and reinforce connections instead of differences. Words By stands for giving opportunity to people that can feel isolated or unconnected to the world by encouraging them to be a part of a positive movement, that encourages not only openness, but expression. Words are how we all tell our stories, no matter what language we speak or what words we choose to use. Words By is our project, and our book is telling everyone's side of the story.

I come from a beautiful place
Where they hate my shade of skin
They don’t like the way I pray
And they ban free poetry

Words By is raising money for Unicef. All profits made from Words By are being donated to the The Children’s Emergency Fund which helps Unicef be there for children in danger, wherever and whenever war or disaster strikes. By supporting this cause it means we can raise funds that Unicef can use to deliver life-saving food, clean water, vaccines and health care for children, as well as provide protection from violence, exploitation and abuse, and ensure that children can continue their education.

One in every four children in the world is living in a country affected by conflict or disaster. Children are hardest hit – losing lives, families, homes and schools. The frequency and severity of disasters and conflicts continues to grow. Nearly 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes due to violence, poverty or natural disasters.

The Children’s Emergency Fund also reaches children fleeing brutal conflict in countries like Syria, those fleeing discrimination and violence such as the Rohingya refugees. The Children’s Emergency Fund helps children get the life-saving support they need, and enables them to rebuild their lives and be better prepared for any future emergency.

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Words By is an initiative to publish a book of poetry to raise funds and awareness for Unicef’s Children’s Emergency Fund (CEF) which protects children affected by war and natural disasters.

‘No one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark’

Warsan Shire

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