Walking Free Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The extraordinary true story of a young man who fled war-torn Iraq, came to Australia as a refugee by boat, survived the Australian detention centre and went on to become a pioneering surgeon.
In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a surgical resident working in Baghdad when the military police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the team to mutilate army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed. Munjed's choices were stark - comply and breach the medical oath, refuse and face death or flee.
That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia and boarded a boat to Australia. For 10 months he was incarcerated in what was considered Australia’s worst refugee camp, where he was known only by a number and locked in solitary confinement. In August 2000, Munjed was finally freed and went on to become one of the world’s leading figures in orthopaedic medicine, transforming the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.
A remarkable story of courage and resilience which has become an inspirational best seller.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 49 minutes|
|Author||Munjed Al Muderis|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 February 2019|
|Publisher||W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 15,358 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
4 in Australia & Oceania Politics & Government
6 in Middle East Politics & Government
7 in Emigration & Immigration Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
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Believing and focusing on his ability to become an orthopaedic surgeon was the driving force to becoming successful at his profession. Seeing the results of some of his work is truly inspiring ie Surgeon and the soldier plus Ahn Do's portrait.
These are small quibbles about an inspiring and courageous book written by a man who has proven that many people arriving here as refugees have so much to give to this country and we should be welcoming them.
He escaped to Iran and was innocently caught up in world of people smugglers who enabled him to travel to Kuala Lumpur using a fake passport. From there he travelled to Jakarta and on to an over-crowded fishing boat carrying 150 refugees to Christmas Island and on to a long and terrible detention in the North West of Western Australia.
The inhuman conditions of the Curtain Detention Centre are described in great detail and should be read by every Australian and everyone else. Inhumanity by the detention centre officials is described in detail. These places should be abolished.
After being kept for a year in dreadful conditions the author was granted a visa enabling him reside permanently in Australia where he has become a renowned surgeon who has developed osseointegration procedures that enable amputees to walk again.
One of his patients is the double amputee British soldier, Michael Swain, who invited the author, as his special guest, to Windsor Castle when the Queen invested Swain with the MBE in 2014.
Australia recently re-instituted knighthoods. Dr Munjed is a worthy candidate for this honour.
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As an asylum seeker myself, I can’t really describe what a contribution you had made . I just wanna say thank you !
If you there !