The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles by Hala Jaber
One Woman's Fight to Save Two Orphans of War

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The inspiring true story of a prizewinning foreign correspondent longing for a child, two small Iraqi children in need of a mother, and what love and grief can teach us about family and hope.

Zahra, age three, and Hawra, only a few months old, were the only survivors of a missile strike in Baghdad in 2003 that killed their parents and five siblings. Across the world, in London, foreign correspondent Hala Jaber was preparing to head to Iraq to cover the emerging war. After ten years spent trying to conceive and struggling with fertility problems, Jaber and her husband had finally resigned themselves to a childless future. Now she intended to bury her grief in her work, with some unusually dangerous reporting. Once in Iraq, though, Jaber found herself drawn again and again to stories of mothers and children, a path that led her to an Iraqi children's hospital—and to Zahra and Hawra and their heart-wrenching story. Almost instantly Jaber became entwined in the lives of these two Iraqi children, and in a struggle to advocate on their behalf that reveals far more about the human cost of war than any news bulletin ever could.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles presents a genuinely fresh insight and perspective from a woman who, as an Arab living and working in the West, is able to uniquely straddle both worlds. In its attention to the emotional experiences of women and children whose lives are irrevocably changed by war, Jaber's story offers hope for redemption for those caught in its cross fires.


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Hala Jaber was born in West Africa and grew up in Lebanon. A foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times of London, she was twice named Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards and has been honored by Amnesty International. She lives in London. Author website:
Published April 21, 2009 by Riverhead. 300 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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A British-Lebanese journalist's story of the orphaned children she encountered on assignment in Iraq, her commitment to two of those young war victims and her private struggles with infertility.

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Though the book begins with the missile strike that leaves two young Iraqi girls orphaned, The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles is really Hala Jaber‘s story, a memoir of a remarkable journalist that avoids the egocentrism into which autobiography can easily fall.

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