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The cover of Baddawi

The cover of Baddawi

The following excerpts are from the graphic novel Baddawi, by Leila AbdelrazaqBaddawi is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel.


In this visually arresting graphic novel, Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father’s childhood in the 1960s and ’70s from a boy’s eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.

Baddawi was published by Just World Books on April 7, 2015 and is serialized here by permission. This material may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. The book can be purchased from the publisher here.

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The book can be purchased from the publisher here.

About Leila Abdelrazaq

Leila Abdelrazaq, author of Baddawi, is a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and organizer. She double majored in Theatre Arts and Arabic Studies at DePaul University where she is expected to graduate this spring. During her time at DePaul, Leila served in her chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), helping to pass the DePaul Divest referendum. She is also a member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee. When not drawing comics, studying Arabic, or working with SJP, Leila enjoys carpentry, painting, breaking things, and making a mess. Her website is and she tweets @lalalaleila.

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  1. johneill
    johneill on June 22, 2015, 12:35 pm

    i can’t wait to get a copy of this. if the few pages here are any indication, it must be one of the better bio-historical comics (though the characters seem drawn a little Satrapi-ish). and of the one-or-two dozen comics there are, only a handful even try grappling with the middle east. again, can’t wait, good work.

  2. just
    just on June 23, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Outstanding!!! Thanks, Leila Abdelrazaq and Just World Books. This a first regarding the refugees from the Nakba, the Naksa, iirc.

    Mama taught little Ahmad 2 things at once… The graphics are stunning, and the story is told on so many layers. A gift for the young and the not-so-young.

    “Palestine is buried deep in the creases of my grandmother’s palms.”


  3. michelle
    michelle on June 24, 2015, 1:40 am

    from what is shown here
    beautiful artwork
    well written too
    G-d Bless

  4. annie
    annie on June 25, 2015, 3:25 pm

    i love this book Leila. it’s excellent. Helena gave me a copy a couple weeks ago and i opened it the next day and couldn’t put it down til i finished it. really really captivating and thrilling. you rock.

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