Baghdad Stories: An Iraqi-American Memoir | Ep. 11
Today on She is I sit down with Nadia Al Sultani, the author of Baghdad Stories, who shares with me why as an Iraqi-American she was compelled to write the book and how the ongoing traumas in Iraq have shaped her life.
Nadia Al Sultani was born in Baghdad, Iraq
At age ten she moves with her family to America and since she was caught in two symbolic currents- The East and The West
She has taken series of journeys back to Iraq to find her place and the sense of who she is.
Her book Baghdad Stories focusses on three trips that Nadia has made back to Iraq between 2001 and 2014.
Her first journey was during Saddam’s dictatorship. The second after the war when she travels to the Green Zone as a high-ranking consultant for the United States Agency for International Development helping to restore Iraq’s economy and infrastructure.
And the third, most recent and highly charged visit was in 2014 despite the rising terrorism and immediate threats.