AUTHOR SPEAKER, TAHA MUHAMMAD, TO TALK JANUARY 26 AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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     Come to the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 pm and hear Taha Muhammad talk about his experience coming to the United States after escaping Iraq, and read from his book We Survived Iraq and Turkey; Long Road to Freedom.  His book provides a compelling account of one family's quest for freedom, escaping the brutal Saddam Hussein regime and the search for a better life in America.  The recounts Taha Muhammad's early life in Kirkuk, Iraq, and his experience in leading his wife and four sons through treacherous mountain country into Turkey, where the family encountered more oppression and discrimination at the hands of Turkish military and security forces.  After surviving several life threatening events, and moving from one refugee camp to another, the family finally reached a U.S. military base in the city of Zakho, Kurdistan or Iraq.  From there they were able to eventually find asylum in the United States, where Taha was able to resume his teaching career and to provide opportunites for his sons - and security for his wife.  Taha later served for almost four years as a translator, assisting U.S troops in Iraq.  The book provides insights into the plight of the Kurds throughout the Middle East, and it offers an inspirational account of a family's determination to find a better life.  The story details the courage, bravery and resolve that moved and sustained the family through daunting times; and it is truly a captivating and gripping version of a familiar American narrative - flight from tyranny and the pursuit of a new life in a new country.  Book sales and signing will follow the talk.  This event is free and open to the public.