Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


When Stars Are Scattered

By on April 14, 2020

Happy Pub Day to Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson and Iman Jeddy for When Stars Are Scattered

Following the lives of Omar and his younger brother, Hassan,who spend most of their lives in Dadaab, Kenya – the most populous refugee camp in the world. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull and without access to medical care. Omar is the only one who can communicate with his non-verbal brother. So when he gets a chance to go to school, but he knows that this is a great opportunity to transform their future, but it would mean leaving his brother – his only family member, every day. 

Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. An intimate, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee. Ms. Jamieson illustrated and Ms. Jeddy was the colorist in this book which focuses on the life of Mr. Mohamed.