A Refugee DiaryBook - 2009/07/14
After his home was invaded by Saddam Hussein's soldiers, he and his mother beaten, and his father taken away and never seen again, a young Kurdish boy named Mohammed and his mother take on a daring quest to flee Iraq; risking their lives to travel through several countries in order to reach freedom in England.
Mohammed was born in Kirkuk - the Kurdish part of Iraq. He speaks Kurdish, and now English too.Saddam Hussein persecuted Mohammed's people long before he was born but Mohammed's journey started in October 2000 when Saddam's soldiers came to his house, beat him and his mother and took his father away. Mohammed never saw his father again.This is his story. From that terrible night, to the escape from Iraq by bus, on horseback, in a small boat on a raging river and finally, hiding in a lorry on a ship. It covers his journey from Kirkuk to the Iraq-Iran border, through Iran, into Turkey and then on to England and safety.Mohammed and his mother we were granted 'leave to stay' in England in 2002.Other titles in the series: Gervelie's Journey, Hamzat's JourneyTo read a speech from the authors given at the booklaunch, click here
The true story of an Iraqi-Kurdish refugee child, and his flight from his home in Kirkuk to the UK.