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Being Kurdish in a Hostile World

Being Kurdish in a Hostile World

Paperback : 9780889774940, 304 pages, September 2017


In Being Kurdish in a Hostile World, Ayub Nuri writes of growing up during the Iran-Iraq War, of Saddam Hussein's chemical attack that killed thousands in Nuri's home town of Halabja, of civil war, of living in refugee camps, and of years of starvation that followed the UN's sanctions.

The story begins with the historic betrayal by the French and British that deprived the Kurds of a country of their own.

Nuri recounts living through the 2003 American invasion and the collapse of Hussein's totalitarian rule, and how, for a brief period, he felt optimism for the future. Then came bloody sectarian violence, and recently, the harrowing ascent of ISIS, which Nuri reported from Mosul.


"This memoir is a valuable first-hand account by a Kurd of what life has been like in Iraq for the Kurds. As such it is a rare thing. We need more like it to understand this persecuted and stateless people. " Fathom

"A moving insider's account of Kurdish conflicts, Nuri's work captures a truth more devastating than fiction. " -- Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, ForewordReviews