In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a young surgical resident working in Baghdad when a squad of Military Police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the surgical team to mutilate the ears of three busloads of army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed in front of his staff. Munjed's choices were stark--comply and breach the medical oath 'do no harm', refuse and face certain death, or flee.
That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia, where he boarded a filthy, overcrowded refugee boat, bound for Australia.
Like his fellow passengers, he hoped for a new life, free from fear and oppression, but for ten months he was incarcerated in what became known as the worst of the refugee camps, Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia. There he was known only by a number, locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly told to go back to Iraq.
On 26 August 2000, Munjed was finally freed. Now, fourteen years later, he is one of the world's leading osseointegration surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.
Walking Free is Munjed's extraordinary account of his journey from the brutality of Saddam Hussein's Iraq to a new life in Australia and a remarkable career at the forefront of medicine.
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What an eye opener!
This book should be compulsory reading for everyone here in Australia and especially our politicians and policy makers. I agree entirely with Munjed’s summation that we must treat asylum seekers and refugees with dignity and respect and allow them into society as soon as possible. It is very much a case of reaping what you sow.
Munjed is an outstanding man, and a superb contributor to mankind, despite Australia’s best endeavours to prevent him, and other refugees, from being so. His work with osseointegration is totally amazing and I can imagine the difference it has made to his patients. He’s a brilliant man, and a brilliant Australian.
Amazing /survival /moving forward
Well done the Human in you won -I relate to lots of your story parts /lucky not the detention /I was worried reading a story about home land will upset me with traumatic memories what upset me most is "Detention inhumanity " sad but real -the positive outcome still there cos most of us Ozzie are kind caring and Only another human beings like the rest
Keep moving forward pls it's the Only and Best answer any of us Refugee can give and do