Dunya Mikhail

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Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965, and worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer. Facing increasing threats from the Iraqi authorities, she fled first to Jordan, then to the United States.
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The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

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ISBN 9780811226127 New Directions Publishing

Translated by Max Weiss and Dunya Mikhail The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. More about this book >

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Dunya Mikhail

Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965, and worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer. Facing increasing threats from the Iraqi authorities, she fled first to Jordan, then to the United States. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. New Directions also published Mikhail’s Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea (2009), which won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. She currently lives in Michigan and works as an Arabic instructor for Michigan State University.

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