In the Wars: From Afghanistan to the UK, a story of conflict, survival and saving lives (Hardback)
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In the Wars: From Afghanistan to the UK, a story of conflict, survival and saving lives (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 17/06/2021
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From growing up in war-torn Afganistan and refugee camps in Pakistan to studying medicine at Cambridge University and becoming an NHS doctor, Dr Waheed Arian’s inspirational life story is a testament to the remarkable contributions refugees make to the their new home countries.

Born in war-torn Afghanistan, Waheed Arian's earliest memories are of bombs. Fleeing the conflict with his family, he spent much of his childhood in refugee camps in Pakistan, living sometimes ten to a room without basic sanitation or access to education. After he contracted tuberculosis, his first-hand experience of the power of medicine inspired Waheed to dedicate his life to healing others. But how does a boy with nothing hope to become a doctor?

Waheed largely taught himself, from textbooks bought from street-sellers, and learned English from the BBC World Service. Smuggled to the UK at fifteen with just $100 in his pocket, he found a job in a shop. He was advised to set his sights on becoming a taxi driver. But the boy from Kabul had bigger ambitions.

Working through PTSD and anxiety, he studied all hours to achieve his vocation. He was accepted to read medicine at Cambridge University, Imperial College and Harvard, and went on to become a doctor in the NHS. But he wanted to do more. In 2015 he founded Arian Teleheal, a pioneering global charity that connects doctors in war zones and low-resource countries with their counterparts in the US, UK, Europe and Australia. Together, learning from each other, they save and change lives - the lives of millions of people just like Waheed.

This is the extraordinary memoir of a boy who recognized the power of education and dreamed about helping others. It's a tale of courage, ambition and unwavering resilience in the face of all the challenges that life can throw in your way.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787633964
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 502 g
Dimensions: 243 x 161 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A thrilling and absorbing read from first to last. What a life and what an inspiration.' - Stephen Fry 

'Anyone who reads Dr Arian's remarkable memoir will put it down inspired by the immense power and resilience of the human will. Spanning from war-wracked Kabul to the lecture halls of Cambridge, Dr Arian tells a riveting story of loss, exile, and rebirth. At a time when displacement has become increasingly politicized, this book is a gift, a dazzling testimony to the extraordinary contributions that refugees make to the host communities that welcome them.' - Khaled Hosseini

'A powerful, heart-warming account of a young man's escape from war and deprivation to extraordinary success in serving the people of his new country. his is a book which thoroughly deserves to be read and celebrated. I was moved and delighted by it.' - John Simpson

'A story of unflinching, relentless determination to fulfil a dream...The reader discovers that miracles can and do happen when intelligence and resolve meet individuals and institutions prepared to offer a helping hand.' - Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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“Inspiring autobiography”

The blurb of this book piqued my interest, I'm so glad I chose to read it.



Waheed Arian is an inspiration to us all, he battles adversity to follow his goal and although he takes a different path from many... More

Hardback edition
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“Inspiring and readable book”

This is such an inspiring book. Tracing Waheed’s life from war torn Afghanistan to the success he has achieved many years later. A potted but clear history of the country and the difficulties of existing among the... More

Hardback edition
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“An inspiring and rewarding read”

This is such an inspiring book. Tracing Waheed’s life from war torn Afghanistan to the success he has achieved many years later. A potted but clear history of the country and the difficulties of existing among the... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 13

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