Author: Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed

Plot Summary: Four Feet, Two Sandals tells the story of two girls, Lina and Feroza, and their families, who are living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, having fled the war in Afghanistan. The girls become friends when each finds one sandal from a matching pair. They decide to share the sandals, taking turns wearing them. The story describes the girls' lives in the camp, with long lines for water and the stressful wait for new homes. Eventually, Lina's family receives permission to emigrate to the United States, and Feroza gives the sandals to Lina, saying, "You cannot go barefoot to America." As she is leaving, Lina gives the shoes back to Feroza, as Lina's mother has saved money to buy her shoes. Feroza then gives Lina one sandal to keep, noting that "it is good to remember."

Posted In: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Discussion Questions:

Why do people become refugees? Are countries that can provide safety obligated to allow in people escaping their homelands?
Do countries have different obligations to their citizens than to other people around the world?
Why do the girls decide to share the shoes?
What makes Lina and Feroza friends?
Can friendship help people to feel more at home when they have fled their homes? If so, how?
Why are only boys in school in the refugee camp?
Are Lina’s and Feroza’s experiences in the camp different than they would be if they were boys?
Why does Feroza give Lina one shoe at the end of the story? Did Lina do the right thing in accepting the shoe?