Widad's Memoir : The Daughter of Kurdland 



The Daughter of Kurdland: A Life Dedicated to Humankind is the autobiography of Dr. Widad Akreyi, the Kurdish activist who became a global icon.

Inspiring Portrayal
A powerful portrayal of a little school girl who defies Saddam Hussein's regime, survives Anfal Genocide and goes on to become an award-winning champion for human rights.


The Daughter of Kurdland is memoir of Dr. Widad, the winner of the Pacem In Terris Peace and Freedom Award!


By combining crisp prose with utterly enthralling storytelling, Widad pulls back the curtain to reveal in vivid detail and with unflinching honesty the experiences that have shaped her — from her childhood in Kurdistan region where she was doomed to persecution, to her years as a university student undertaking the grueling task of chronicling crimes against humanity when she was just 17 years old, to her phenomenal resilience in exile. The Daughter of Kurdland takes the reader on an intimate journey to uncover deep truths that are valid in any age but especially so in our present context. Sparkling with wit and wisdom, this book poses universal questions: Should we always do what others tell us to do? How important is it to defy norms? How much of ourselves should we be willing to compromise for the sake of others? And how much should we be prepared to pay?

A profile in courage, Widad is today an international icon for peace and women empowerment, and is the youngest winner of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, ranked among world-renowned figures like John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama. A testament to the power of human endurance, The Daughter of Kurdland will inspire and surprise men and women alike.


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What Readers Say About The Daughter of Kurdland

"A very impressive personal account of the atrocities and repression of the Ba'thist regime in Iraq against the Kurds. Taking her courageous and open opposition against the Ba'th regime into account it is a miracle that Dr Widad Akreyi survived. Highly recommendable reading." ~ His Excellency Nikolaos van Dam, former Ambassador of the Netherlands to Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Germany, Azerbaijan and Indonesia (1988-2010) and Special Envoy for Syria, Netherlands

"This is a truly important book and one of the most impactful and moving books I've ever read. Dr. Widad Akreyi, a human rights advocate, describes in unrelenting detail her journey as a Kurd and how her life's work was shaped by these horrific events.    

We see the phrase 'human rights violations' used almost capriciously in the media, but the reality of this unspeakable genocide: millions of people, uprooted, raped, assaulted, and killed over generations is acutely felt through her book. Her description of the atrocities and genicide spanning generations is emotionally harrowing, and I found myself literally shaking at some of the passages. Until you read this book, you have no idea of the vastness of these crimes against the Kurds and in truth, all humanity. One of the most powerful aspects of the book is the toll that Dr. Akreyi herself has paid, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually. This is not just a story of triumph and redemption. She has certainly not escaped unscathed. The reader becomes immersed in her internal battles. The descriptions of her out of body experiences in order to escape the unrelenting horrors are surreally beautiful and tear inducing.

Unlike many 'feel-good stories' where the author triumphs, Dr. Widad is painfully honest about the physical and emotional toll that this experience has taken on her and so many others. Dr Akreyi's powerful book reminds us that we can never allow the plight of the Kurds to be a statistic! I can't recommend this book highly enough. I urge you to read it!" ~ Mr. Peter Manning Robinson, pianist and multiple Award-winning composer, USA

"A narrative treasure, a deep book, an extraordinary book. A life that adds value every day... an autobiography absolutely to read and meditate...  Living to affirm the basic rights of justice, freedom and independence is never an easy journey, and this book describes it to us in an honest and profound way with a fascinating and deep luminosity... The force of a consistent life... The strength and coherence of a life for the freedom of a people and for universal peace, brilliantly narrated... A magnificent heart that builds paths of peace every day... A brilliant narration of a story of universal value. Nothing has been easy in her life, but with great dedication she has become a symbol of a people and an example of peace and wisdom in the world... A deep world of freedom to be discovered in an autobiography of great literary beauty... In such an important moment, good readings make the difference. The Daughter of Kurdland is a great example of... an autobiography that goes beyond the simple illustration of a life and helps us understand what it means to lead a life of value... a book that is a profound human experience and that helps us a lot to understand the beauty of the battle for our ideas of freedom... A great message for all of us... much more than memories... An itinerary of life rich in coherence and luminosity even in the face of difficult obstacles and trials, an example for each of us... an important book, a living testimony of a Great woman who spends her life for a free and peaceful world, starting proudly from her cultural identity in defense of an ever-oppressed nationality." ~ Mr. Paolo Ignazio Marongiu, Italy

"Where to start... I could say so much about this book! This one was special to me, as in recent years the Kurdish struggle has become very close to my heart... I knew a little about the Kurds as a teenager, but not enough. I would come to know more about them when I began reading up on what has been going on in Syria. That was what started it. It wasn't long and these people captured my heart... In the states the Kurds have been forced to live in, they are not even allowed to speak their own language! She talks of Genocide committed against them in Iraq, I don't want to say too much here, to know you'll have to read the book, but the Genocides committed against the Kurds in Iraq are not the only ones. In Syria they are now under such a situation at the hands of Turkey, while the world has done very little to stop it!

They have been good allies to the US and western nations, and been stabbed in the back over and over again. Even with that being the case, they still have worked with us again and again. They were the ones that lost some of the most helping us fight the Islamic State, or IS. There is so much I could say here, but this is a review, so I have to limit it. However, if you want to know more about these people, this is such a good educational read! I would totally recommend it.

Before I close this review, I just want to say that I love Widad's spirit! She has been through so much, things I can't begin to imagine! And she still has so much love in her, she still fights for the rights of peoples all around the world! I've learned a lot reading this book! Thanks Widad for writing this book. I know it had to be hard to do so! But the world needs to know. I wish many people would read this book!" ~ Ms. Vicki Andrada

"Please, kindly, do read Dr. Widad Akreyi's The Daughter of Kurdland: A Life Dedicated to HumanKind and be moved, be moved to care, be moved to do personally, soulfully, as best you possibly can, individually and in sincere collaboration...
May in Presence, we synergise effectively for the greater joyful good of humankind, women, men, and children, boys and girls; together, far and near, fostering the culture of peace, enabling thriving communities of citizens in ecological harmony... " ~ Mr. Tex J. G. Albert, Canada

"The Daughter of Kurdland is a fascinating memoir, a poetic, philosophical work written in a style lucid and engaging. It is an honest account of Dr. Widad Akreyi's journey, packed with messages of hope, wisdom, passion and courage that will empower you to navigate life's twists and turns to reach your highest potential. Highly recommended, both for the quality of her prose and for the inspiring story of her life." ~ Ms. Elizabeth Jensen, United Kingdom



Datteren af Kurdland: Et liv Dedikeret Til Menneskeheden er historien om Dr. Widad Akreyi, den kurdiske aktivist, der blev et globalt ikon.

En stærk skildring af en lille skolepige, som trodser Saddam Husseins regime, overlever Anfal Folkemordet og siden bliver en prisbelønnet menneskerettighedersforkæmper.


Datteren af Kurdland er memoir af Dr. Widad, vinderen af Pacem In Terris Fred og Frihedspris!


Ved at kombinere skarp prosa med fortryllende fortæller-talent trækker Widad gardinet tilbage og afslører med levende detaljer og forfriskende ærlighed de oplevelser, der har formet hende - fra barndommen i Kurdistan-regionen, hvor hun var dømt til forfølgelse, til hendes år som universitetsstuderende, der hun som 17-årige forpligtede sig til at dokumentere forbrydelser mod menneskeheden, til hendes fænomenale modstandskraft i eksil. Datteren af Kurdland tager læseren på en intim rejse for at afdække dybe sandheder, der gælder til alle tider, men især i den nuværende sammenhæng. Ladet med vid og visdom, denne bog stiller universelle spørgsmål: Skal vi altid gøre, hvad andre siger? Hvor vigtigt er det at trodse normer? Hvor meget af os selv skal vi være villige til at kompromittere for andres skyld? Og hvor meget skal vi være parate til at betale?


En profil i mod, Widad er i dag et internationalt ikon for fred og kvinders empowerment, og er den yngste vinder af Pacem in Terris Fred og Frihedspris, dermed sluttede hun sig til verdensberømte figurer af tidligere prismodtagere med blandt andre John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu og Dalai Lama. Et vidnesbyrd på menneskets udholdenhed, Datteren af Kurdland vil inspirere og overraske både mænd og kvinder.


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Book Meta Data
Title: The Daughter of Kurdland: A Life Dedicated to Humankind
Book Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Number of pages: 310
IBSN-Paperback-EN: 978-8284050690
IBSN-Kindle-EN: 978-8284050706
IBSN-Paperback-DK: 978-8284050768
IBSN-Kindle-DK: 978-8284050775
IBSN-Kindle-Ar: 978-8284050744
Publisher: NOVOREADS



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The Viking's Kurdish Love



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

The book follows two Vikings from Birka, present-day Sweden and their journey to Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and then to Miafarqin, the capital of the Kurdish Kingdom, Kurdland. The reader will get to know the characters intimately in their own time. The love story between Ivar and Vesta, who had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and passion for medicine. Vesta's life and her legacy. Her attempts to do justice to the truth.

Untold Tale
Widad, with storytelling in her blood, 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. She leaves no stone unturned in her quest for answers to the most pressing questions of our time.


The Viking's Kurdish Love is the first novel ever published about the religions and ancient cultures of Kurdland, Scandinavia and Byzantium.


Based on True Story & True Events
The book is based on historic events and the characters presented have historic counterparts. For instance, Ivar's father was Halvdan, whose name has been found as inscription in Hagia Sophia's upper gallery. A version of his name also appears on the records of the Varangian Guard in Constantinople. The Kurdish King Hasan, whose third wedding turned into beheading, ruled from 990-997. Queen Patê was the widow of Hasan's predecessor, King Pad - the founder of the Kurdish Kingdom. After Pad's assassination in 990, she married Hasan, King Pad's nephew, and had him declared the King. A few years later the relations between Kurdland and Armenia were consolidated by a royal marriage between Hasan and the Christian Princess Maria. Isaac Moshe Abraham was a wealthy Jewish merchant and storeowner in Miafarqin. Elias Eisa was a pastor in Bedra and later became the well-respected bishop of Nesebin. His brother, Dr. Mensor Eisa, was the director of Miafarqin hospital, where Dr. Vesta also worked. The political situations chronicled in the book are the result of years of intensive research.


Born in Birka, a Viking trading center built on an island west of today's Stockholm, Sweden, Ivar is a 16-year-old boy who has hopes for the first time of finding happiness with a slave-girl from Mercia. However, his high hopes end in year 988 when his Dad, Halvdan, sends her to the slave markets in the east and forces him to accompany him on new raids. It proves to be a life-altering journey that changes them forever.

Two years later, Halvdan joins the Varangian guard in Constantinople, yearning to find a better life. Unfortunate chain of events brings Ivar to Upper Mesopotamia in 997. When he arrives in Miafarqin, searching for his Dad, he falls in love with Vesta, an attractive Kurdish, Zoroastrian doctor, and she in turn falls in love with him. They decide to bind their fates in a time when a ruthless invasion and a large-scale, lamentable migration into Kurdland are still ongoing, and when the Kurds vow to fight for their freedom, determined to win a persistent battle for survival. As the new normal begins to emerge, the bloodthirsty invaders are breathing fear and tyranny into Vesta's society. A vicious attack occurs in her house – Vesta and her children are destined to face the intruders alone.


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What Readers Say About The Viking's Kurdish Love

"The Viking's Kurdish Love is a book that has thrilled me from the first to the last page. A book with an incredible inner energy... A great plot, a timeless plot that lives even today and in the future... a true jewel, a great story in a profound historical scenario... The strength of the beauty of a story that tells us of a love story from the past that has many repercussions in the present… A testimony of peace and freedom coherently cultivated day by day and that can be traced widely in a historical book that speaks to us today… The force of a strong message with a narrative talent." ~ Mr. Paoloi Marongiu

"The Viking's Kurdish Love has just blow me away. It stands among the best historic novels ever written. It has everything an excellent story must have. The passion between Vesta and Ivar drives the plot. The book recounts the circumstances that has given birth to the world's current climate. Dr. Widad Akreyi has crafted a compelling tale with memorable characters... I can't wait to read the next volume!" ~ Ms. Merete Andersen

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    Tara's Book




Taras Bog is the Danish edition of Tara's Book, Widad Akreyi's first novel, published in 2003. After being translated to Norwegian and published in Oslo in 2005, it was bought by the Norwegian Cultural Council and distributed to national libraries across Norway, making Widad the first female Kurdish novelist recognised internationally. In 2018 a NovoReads Danish version of Tara's Book was released.

Description in Danish
Taras Bog
handler om Tara, som lever under håbets skygge. Håbet er fortællerens håb om fred og om frihed for alle former for undertrykkelse. Skyggen er både den, virkelighedens diktatoriske styrer stadig kaster over befolkninger og den, hendes egen fortid bliver ved med at kaste over hendes liv.

Denne bog tegner et portræt af en idealist, der må slås med undertrykkelse fra sin tidligste skoletid og må flygte med sin familie, mens hun stadig er et barn. Hun må se sin far vende tilbage som skygger af sig selv, og hun må begrave sin bedste veninde. Den fælles forbrydelse, de alle har begået, er at være kurdere i Irak under Saddam Hussein.

Trods dette, trods deltagelse i kamp, hvor hun smugler mad til belejrede og spreder sandheden om overgrebene på dissidenter, trods flugt og overfald formår fortælleren at bevare sit håb.

Taras Bog er barsk, fordi den er virkelig.


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    Linking Theory & Research
on Vitamin E & Lung Cancer 


Series Cancer Epidemiology, Research and Theory



Linking Theory and Research on Vitamin E and Lung Cancer is part of series: Cancer Epidemiology, Research and Theory. It aims to briefly trace the historical development of the theory connecting lung cancer risk and intakes of dietary and supplemental vitamin E.

Reader-friendly and motivating, it identifies the variables that may confound the association of interest and proposes a theoretical model to guide specific research hypotheses and interventions on public health nutrition and lung cancer risk reduction. The author recommends that Integrated Behavior Model can be readily applied to look into the determinants of dietary modification and to investigate nutrition-related lung cancer prevention attitudes and beliefs.


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    Vitamin E and Lung Cancer Risk Models


Series Cancer Epidemiology, Research and Theory



Vitamin E and Lung Cancer Models is part of series: Cancer Epidemiology, Research and Theory. It sets the stage for a discussion on dose-response modeling; offers briefly some defining aspects of carcinogenesis in lung cancer; presents templates for distinguishing safe, beneficial and critical dietary and supplemental doses of vitamin E; assesses the mechanism-based models, as well as the empirical dose-response models of vitamin E intake and lung cancer; contains an overview of knowledge gaps that hamper effective and appropriately targeted (lung) cancer strategies; and includes a coherent framework that can be useful not only when evaluating vitamin intake, but also that of other micronutrients, or macronutrients in relation to not only lung cancer, but also other cancers or conditions.

The book aims at improving our understanding of the empirical and mechanism-based vitamin E-lung cancer models, to aid in developing new strategies for treatment and prevention of lung cancer.


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