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USM alumnus publishes memoir of journey home in 'Finding Kurdistan'

Hawreh Haddadi ‘16 has published a first-person account of his teenage visit to his birthplace in Iran.

The book is titled, “Finding Kurdistan: A Kurdish Iranian American’s Journey Home.” It was published by Piscataqua Press of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Haddadi, now 24, tells the story of his trip to Iran in 2010, his awakening to the culture and history of his family and the culture shock of leaving behind his basketball hoop, his PlayStation, and reruns of “The Simpsons,” according to his publisher’s web site.

“The stories of daily brutality by the Iranian regime become startlingly real when the Haddidi’s are unexpectedly detained and questioned,” according to a publisher’s release. “Two days of terror and uncertainty drive home for Hawreh the fact that his people are not free, that Kurdistan is more than just an idea. It’s a living and hospitable region that millions of Kurds inhabit.”

Haddadi earned a bachelor's degree in political science from USM  in 2016 and followed with a master's degree from Suffolk University.

Read more about the book’s release in the Sun Journal. Haddadi also told his story on the WCSH-TV show, "207".