Najib Azad’s memoir offers a whole new and more personal understanding of the ancient and magnificent country of Afghanistan and its people. Leader of a progressive political party, and former spokesman for the President of Afghanistan, Azad knew he was a marked man the moment the Taliban entered Kabul in 2021. This is his harrowing and heartwarming story of how he, his wife and four small children were forced, like his parents and grandparents before him, to seek refuge abroad. Written on napkins and pieces of cardboard while in refugee camps, the deep love felt by Azad for his country, fellow Afghans and his family emanates from every word as he takes us on his journey from his office in Kabul to a new life in the USA. Readers walk every step with him, feel every moment of anguish as he strives to allay his children’s suffering as well as that of others around him.
University Lecturer, Lawyer, Advocate, Author, Writer, Researcher, Critic, Analyst, Poet
Azad is a well-known face to those following Afghanistan in the news: he was the spokesman of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the former Afghan president, and a senior political and legal advisor to NAMSA/NATO in Afghanistan. He has also been a political, legal, and social analyst, commentator, and expert for various news organizations, including VOA, BBC, Al-Jazeera, India Times, WION, DW, WION, Radio Liberty, and others. Azad holds a BBA, MBA, MA, and LL. B-LAW undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
Besides his political and academic career, Azad has often been busy helping needy families. He had already established non-profit and charity organizations in Afghanistan, providing thousands of Afghans with food, shelter, medicines, clothes, and education. In 2022, when he started living in the USA, he established Focus Development Organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides food, clothes, shelter, health services, and education to tens of thousands of Afghans in need.