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Dr. Widad

 

an Icon of Peace, Freedom,
Courage & Empowerment

 

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Striving to make the world a better place

 

Widad is an award-winning international humanitarian, global women empowerment icon and human rights defender whose mission is to save lives and alleviate suffering via, among other things, advocating against armed gender-based violence, promoting peace and equal rights and opportunities for all, and mitigating the impacts of man-made conflicts and crises on humans and the environment.

Widad is the co-founder of Defend International – an NGO devoted to peace, advocacy and human rights. In addition to being accredited as observer and participant in major United Nations meetings and other international conferences, she has facilitated a series of innovative projects aimed at promoting a culture of peace and justice. The success of her endeavors has resulted in her being awarded the 2017 Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) Peace and Freedom Award for her lifelong commitment to peace, justice and dignity for all, the 2018 International Woman Harmony Award for devoting her life to defending human rights, the Davenport Mayor Medal for her lifetime of advocacy and commitment to the rights and liberty of the persecuted populations in the Middle East, the 2014 International Pfeffer Peace Award for her worldwide efforts in support of peace and justice, and the 2013 Special Prize for bridging the gap between cultures.

Her name, Widad, is a derivative of Wendidad or Venidad, which is a portion of the sacred texts of Avesta, the Holy book of Zoroastrianism (the ancient religion of Kurds). Widad means the force that stands against the evil forces.

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"My heart aches for you… for them in you
For angels shaking in fright… on a dreadful night
For them on site… for flames leaping on every height
For blood rolling like thunder… o'er a fragile kite
For souls so bright… like remnants of light
For a desperate plight… for hands held tight
My love, in my world… where no hope is in sight
And no right is right… what words can I write?
Our song went lost… with main and might
I'll tell you tonight… in the hush of midnight
Stay here and fight… for a mournful rite" ~ Dr. Widad Akreyi

 

The above is an excerpt from Widad's book "The Viking's Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians' Fight for Survival"

 
 
 

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THE VIKING'S KURDISH LOVE

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The Viking's Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians' Fight for Survival is the first in-depth presentation in novel form of the ancient populations of Scandinavia, Mesopotamia, the Middle East and Byzantium.

The book follows two Vikings from Birka, in present-day Sweden, and their journey to Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and then to Miafarqin, the capital of Kurdland. With a crisp and refreshing approach to writing, Widad tells the love story between Ivar and the Kurdish doctor Vesta. Taking on the big, pressing questions of our time, she brings to life the untold tale of the struggle of Kurds, Christians (including Armenians, Greeks...), Jews and other minorities in Upper Mesopotamia, to survive the invasion of Kurdland over 1000 years ago.

The Viking's Kurdish Love is the first novel written about the fascinating history of the ancient cultures of Kurdland, Scandinavia and Byzantium. The novel is based on historic events and the characters presented have historic counterparts.

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