My Name Was Hussein by Hristo Kyuchukov

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Although they have kept their Islamic traditions living in their Bulgarian village for many generations, when an army takes over their village, a Muslim boy and his family are forced to take Christian names.
 

About Hristo Kyuchukov

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Hristo is a leading figure in the advancement of human rights for Romani children. He works at the Institute for Educational Policy in Budapest, Hungary, where he is an education fellow. He has also taught at a university in Bulgaria. He has a Ph.D. in linguistics as well as a Ph.D. in education. Who am I? "I am a small child in a big body. Nell Navillus is a former teacher, songwriter, and musician. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Allan Eitzen is the illustrator of "Alphabestiary, Dinosaurs, The Man Who Couldn't Speak, and Thunderstorm in the Church."
 
Published April 1, 2004 by Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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It appears that in the mid-1980s, as war raged through Serbia, Bulgaria quietly practiced some ethnic cleansing of its own and forced its ethnic minorities to adopt Christian names.

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Newcomer Kyuchukov's picture-book biography does not chronicle the life of Saddam Hussein, but rather his own life (as he explains in an endnote), as a boy born to a "Roma family" in India ("Some call us Gypsies," he writes) and living in Bulgaria.

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