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Sojourn in a Dreadful Land (Yemen Chronicles)
by Hatem El-Khalidi
Looking for a life of adventure after graduating from the medical school of the American University of Beirut, Tareq (not his real name), a young American doctor, decides to journey to Yemen to work there for the government on a one-year contract in its hospital in Sana'a, the capital. He leaves behind a comfortable life in Lebanon and must now adjust to the harsh and primitive life in Yemen. While he is there, the young doctor is given insight to the Imam's, the religious ruler of Yemen, absolute bloodthirsty power, through treachery, intimidation, and brutality, and he describes stories of tribal uprisings, beheadings, drug addiction, child marriages, and other true horror stories.
Sojourn in a Dreadful Land is a fascinating and shocking tale about life and hardship in Yemen in the 1950s. The young American doctor' s idea of adventure slowly turns into a nightmare as he records his life in this journal.
About the Author
Hatem El-Khalidi is a retired American consulting petroleum and mineral exploration geologist who worked in the Middle East, including Yemen, from 1956 until now for U.S. companies. He held USA FAA commercial licenses to fly fixed-wing multi-engines airplanes and he flew his own airplane in his exploration activities there. He also held a commercial license to fly helicopters. Mr. El-Khalidi received his B.A. in chemistry from the American University of Beirut (1944) and an M.Sc. in Geology from Michigan State College (1950), now Michigan State University.
(2011, paperback, 82 pages)