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Walking free: the extraordinary true story of a young man who fled war-torn Iraq, came to Australia as a refugee by boat, spent months in a detention centre and went on to become a pioneering surgeon

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. But he had to start his medical training again, from scratch. Now, 15 years later, Munjed is at the forefront of orthopaedic medicine as he pioneers a new form of prosthesis that, ironically, transforms the lives of soldiers mutilated in the Iraq War. '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.

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Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
32320003815069 B ALM
Adult Non Fiction   Rutherford library . . On Loan . 28 Nov 2019
32320003816927 B ALM
Adult Non Fiction   Thornton library . . Available .  
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ISBN 9781760110727 (paperback)
1760110728 (paperback)
Classification Number B ALM
Author Al Muderis, Munjed
Title Walking free [BK]
Publisher Crows : : Allen & Unwin,, 2014.
Physical Description illustrations, portraits ;
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. But he had to start his medical training again, from scratch. Now, 15 years later, Munjed is at the forefront of orthopaedic medicine as he pioneers a new form of prosthesis that, ironically, transforms the lives of soldiers mutilated in the Iraq War. '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.
Al Muderis, Munjed
Subject Orthopedists -- Iraq -- Biography
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Medical care
Surgeons -- Australia -- Biography
Orthopedists -- Australia -- Biography
Iraqis -- Australia -- Biography
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Medical care
Boat people -- Australia -- Biography
Immigrants -- Australia -- Biography
Refugees -- Australia -- Biography
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Medical care
Iraq -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Additional Author Weaver, Patrick
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