Widad Akreyi Quotes
“My heart aches for you… for them in you
For angels shaking in fright… on a dreadful night
For them on site… for flames leaping on every height
For blood rolling like thunder… o'er a fragile kite
For souls so bright… like remnants of light
For a desperate plight… for hands held tight
My love, in my world… where no hope is in sight
And no right is right… what words can I write?
Our song went lost… with main and might
I'll tell you tonight… in the hush of midnight
Stay here and fight… for a mournful rite”
“Generalization is the biggest challenge that must be dealt with if we are to create spaces for constructive dialogue where muslims feel they are welcomed. This is equally true with regards to Westerners! Not all Westerners are against muslims, and not all terrorist attacks in the West are linked to Islamic jihadists.”
“No matter what you are dealing with in life, be it resentment or regret, bitterness or sadness, anger or apathy, hatred or hesitation, depression or disempowerment, disappointment or other destructive anxieties, painful envy or emotional turmoil, fear of isolation or thoughts of failure, keep in mind that if you are positive, positivity will find you and embrace you!”
“It is only with the setting of the sun that one can judge how well the day had gone. Looking back through the vista of time, I can analyse and assess why I fought hard for my right to say no to joining the Baath Party, why I took that first step towards requesting respect for human rights. But it is important to stress this: Up against a task larger than oneself, one has to overcome one's fear.”
- Description: A multiple award-winner and epidemiologist, Widad Akreyi writes what she's lived, documented or researched. All her manuscripts are donated to charity.
Born in Kurdistan Region, Widad currently lives in the West. Over the years, she's been awarded the Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) Peace and Freedom Award for her lifelong commitment to peace, justice and dignity for all, the International Woman Harmony Award for devoting her life to defending human rights, the Davenport Mayor Medal for her lifetime contribution to building a universal culture of human rights, the International Pfeffer Peace Award for her worldwide efforts in support of peace and justice, and a Special Prize for bridging the gap between cultures.
A former senior lobbyist at the UN and jury member of global and regional awards, Widad has published her memoir. "The Daughter of Kurdland" reflects her experiences, her story of struggle and resilience. Among her publications is "The Viking's Kurdish Love" series. The characters and locations in her books correspond to real persons and real places.
Widad has donated her manuscripts to charity and receives no royalties for any books published. All proceeds from the sale of her books go to charitable causes.
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