CBC Correspondent and author Nahlah Ayed (Jet Belgraver)
Winnipeg was where we children were born and where my parents were reborn. It was where we got our first degrees and took our first jobs. It was where our hearts and early friendships flourished. Winnipeg was family, despite the fact that we had not a single relative there, not even a distant one.
—Nahlah Ayed, author of "A Thousand Farewells"
In 1976, Nahlah Ayed left Winnipeg and moved with
her family to a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman Jordan. She was six years old.
Thus began her first hand observations of people from her home country, living through war. Ayed met her extended family in Jordan. She learned about the generations of displaced Palestinians.
Her father was not able to support his family so he returned to Canada, leaving his wife and children behind.
Ayed was thirteen when her family was reunited in Canada. She lived a normal life in Winnipeg until the First Gulf War and 9/11.
She eventually found herself back in the Middle East, this time as a journalist, fluent in Arabic. She has devoted her life to being a journalist in a war torn country and has been a CBC correspondent since 2002.
On Monday April 23 Nahlah Ayed launches A Thousand Farewells, her account about the Arab people who have struggled through the wars and oppression in that region.
SCENE asked Nahlah to choose an excerpt from her book: