15 year old Hana has a crush on 20 years old cousin Farook. But he leaves Yemen to study medicine in Scotland. Her parents force her to marry another cousin, twice her age, a selfish abusive criminal, involved in arms sales and gang rapes. 10 years later, Hana’s life changes dramatically when Farook opens a clinic next door in Sanaa.
Yemeni doctor returns home when girlfriend abandons him for a lesbian. He flees communist South Yemen when he diagnoses suffocation, not drowning, in a rebel. He escapes to military ruled North Yemen, only to prove that a Sheikh was never in danger, when he killed a burglar. He teams up with burglar’s prostitute daughter, who falls in love with him.
Yemeni Canadian doctor is asked by old classmate to diagnose married daughter’s intractable convulsions. He confirms they started after rape by military officer, a nephew of the minister of national security. On the eve of return from Sanaa to Canada, he is snatched from his hotel room and tortured by a vengeful old medical student. Amnesty International Copenhagen chief intervenes.
A book by Arab Canadians about Arab Canadians written for Arab Canadians, as well as Canadians at large, describing the current situation of immigration into Canada, and speculating on how the Arab Spring might influence the place and role of future generations of Arab Canadians in Canadian society. “In My Arab Spring, My Canada, authors Qais Ghanem and Elie M. Nasrallah have given this country, their country, a valuable gift. This book is a pocket guide for those who come from the Middle East as well as a useful reference for those already here. They examine immigration from earliest days to today and they look to the future with great optimism.” Roy MacGregor, author of Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, Ottawa, Canada