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The extraordinary true story of a young man who fled war-torn Iraq, came to Australia as a refugee by boat, survived the Australian detention centre and went on to become a pioneering surgeon. 

In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a surgical resident working in Baghdad when the military police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the team to mutilate army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed. Munjed's choices were stark - comply and breach the medical oath, refuse and face death or flee. 

That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia and boarded a boat to Australia. For 10 months he was incarcerated in what was considered Australia’s worst refugee camp, where he was known only by a number and locked in solitary confinement. In August 2000, Munjed was finally freed and went on to become one of the world’s leading figures in orthopaedic medicine, transforming the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.

A remarkable story of courage and resilience which has become an inspirational best seller.

©2014 Munjed Al Muderis (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • M Z
  • 06-05-19

Great story

The story was great. No offense to the narrator but I prefer fluent American English.

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  • Jo Shap
  • 10-11-20

Inspiring - a story of hope and determination

A beautifully written and nicely narrated story which fills the reader with despair at the injustices some people must face in
Life; while simultaneously evoking huge inspiration and admiration at the writer’s will and determination to achieve his life goals. The author gives you the bare facts without being perceived as a victim. A story of hope and determination that I am so glad I stumbled across.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-20

Insightful and inspiring

This book gives so much insight into the real happenings into what forces a person to become a refugee. He points out differences between cultures and religions and then seamlessly tie them together you finding basic human similarities.
Anyone who has ever spoken out against refugees should first read this book and then reconsider their opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-20

change of opinion

loved this book changed my opinion on detention centers and the way refugee are treated here .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Inspirational

I loved everything about this book. The narration was wonderful and the hardships faced by the author whilst in the Curtin Detention Centre certainly makes you think twice before uttering the phrase, Go back where you came from. I would certainly recommend this book. It gladdens the soul when humanity prevails.

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  • Antonia Radle
  • 11-01-20

Excelent book

great book shocking the way he was treated cant believe people can be so cruel.

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  • Mad cow
  • 04-12-19

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Amazingly we have a true gentleman arrive and now he is saving ppl. You're mother must be very proud. And your dad also.
Hope that horror Guard never enters your operating room. I know you would looked after them but ok you could put there feet on backwards at least so they don't move forward.......🥰 welcome and enjoy your amazing life in Australia.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-19

A great read

A real page turner. loved the learning the history of Iraq in an easy format.