latest update 30th November 2003 (click for Dutch version)
He promotes Arabic literature and culture as organiser for Groningen's Kunstencentrum (Cultural Centre) and as presenter of the radio programme Malomat for Groningen's OOG-radio. In March 2002 he won the literary prize of the centre for Arabic art and culture, El Hizrja, for two of his poems.
In 2002 Bornmeer publishers in the province of Friesland published his debut, Een middag wit als melk. Iraakse gedichten (An afternoon as white as milk. Iraqi poems). Translation: Tsead Bruinja and Jan Tekelenburg. In October 2002 his first novel Stemmen onder de zon (Voices under the sun) appeared with Uitgeverij Passage, about his years in the camp. After a 13-year absence and the recent Second Gulf War, he now intends to return to his hometown of Basra, to visit his family.
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