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  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787633971
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $40.00

In the Wars

A story of conflict, survival and saving lives




For readers of War Doctor and Educated, a doctor's story of grit and resilience, from the war torn streets of Kabul to saving the lives of those caught up in conflict around the world.

Born in war-torn Afghanistan, Waheed Arian's earliest memories are of bombs. Fleeing the conflict with his family as a young child, he spent three years in a Pakistani refugee camp, without possessions, basic sanitation or access to education. Living ten to a room, he contracted tuberculosis and malaria. It was this first-hand experience of the work of volunteer medics and the power of medicine that inspired Waheed to dedicate his life to helping others. But how does a boy with nothing hope to become a doctor?

Waheed taught himself by reading textbooks bought from street-sellers, and learned English by tuning in to the World Service. Aged fifteen he was smuggled to the UK with just $100 in his pocket, and found work in shops and restaurants. He was told he might make it as a taxi driver on day, if he was lucky. But the boy from Kabul had bigger ambitions.

Studying all hours, and overcoming PTSD and anxiety, he got to Cambridge, Imperial and then Harvard. He achieved his dream of becoming a doctor, working for the NHS. Then, to give back, he founded Teleheal, a pioneering global charity which uses smartphone technology to connect doctors in war zones and low resource countries with their counterparts in the US, UK and Europe. Together, learning from each other, they save and change lives - lives of people just like Waheed.

This is the extraordinary memoir of a boy who dreamed about helping others, a tale of courage, ambition and unwavering resilience, against all odds.

  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787633971
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $40.00

About the author

Waheed Arian

Waheed Arian is an NHS doctor working in A+E at a Liverpool hospital. Born into war-torn Afghanistan he spent three years in a refugee camp in Peshawar. He is the founder of telemedicine charity Arian Teleheal, which enables doctors in conflict zones and low resource countries to use smartphone technology to connect with volunteer specialists in the UK, Canada, the US and other countries, and thereby change and save lives. His work sets an innovation blueprint in global health, and has seen him recognized as a UN Global Hope Hero.

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