1 year ago

28 September, 2016

Amnesty International Australia

Organised by:
Amnesty International Society

This month the NSW Book Club invites you to a discussion of 'Walking Free' with a Special Guest Speaker.

Dr Munjed Al Muderis will be joining us to talk about his book and experiences. This is definitely not an event to be missed. It'd be great to see some new faces so bring a friend as well as your thoughts about the book!

Come along for what promises to be an excellent evening of discussion.

“One man's phenomenal tale of escaping a death sentence in Iraq, surviving the Australian Refugee system and becoming a pioneering surgeon at the forefront of Orthopaedic medicine.
Dr Munjed Al Muderis grew up in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's reign. He went to school with Saddam's sons, then started his medical training at Basra University just as the Iran-Iraq War began. One day, as he was working as a trainee surgeon at the Saddam Hussein Medical Centre, he and his colleagues were ordered to remove the tops of the ears of army deserters. He could not bring himself to act in defiance of the medical code of conduct and cause intentional harm, so he had no choice but to flee Baghdad that same day. In Kuala Lumpur he paid people smugglers to get him to Australia, where he was incarcerated in a detention centre and known only as '982'. After nine months of being repeatedly brutalised for standing up for himself and other detainees, Munjed was finally freed...
Walking Free is the extraordinary story of a clever young man, born into one of Iraq's ruling families, who was forced to flee the country of his birth and forge a new and extraordinary life in Australia.."