Child Refugee Awareness Choral Project 

year of original commission: 2017 | current season: Season 2 | participation fee: $100-$150

song 1: “My Name is Lamiya: Don’t Call Me ’Refugee’”

voicings: SATB divisi | SSAA divisi | 2-part Mixed with optional 4-part divisi

accompaniment: Piano

song 2: Lamiya’s Song” 

voicings: SATB | SSAA | SAB2-part Treble | Unison + Flute

accompaniment: Piano

The Songs of Lamiya are written to bring attention to one of the most significant and challenging issues in our world today, the global refugee crisis. Lamiya Safarova lost her home and her village to the Nagorno-Karabakh War when she was only nine, eventually settling with her family in a cardboard shack on the shore of the Caspian Sea. She began writing poems to express her feelings. The loss of her home and her village had a profound impact on Lamiya. And so did being classified as a “refugee” by her classmates in school. Lamiya has a name, and her poem gives her a voice.

“Lamiya’s poem is an anthem for a floating tribe – people who belong nowhere and everywhere. They belong to and are at the mercy of the world . As I sing her words I can start to understand what real pain is and I cry from gratitude. I’ve often felt bad for feeling privileged and helpless, but singing this song has allowed me to realise that sometimes acknowledgement and empathy is enough to raise awareness of her pain and spark change.” – Anya Singh, age 17- American School of Dubai

sample recorded by American School of Dubai in Dubai, UAE

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featured in the following reading sessions:

2017 Massachusetts ACDA Summer Conference