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Born in war-torn Afghanistan, Waheed Arian's earliest memories are of bombs. Fleeing the conflict with his family, he spent much of his childhood in refugee camps in Pakistan, living sometimes 10 to a room without basic sanitation or access to education. After he contracted tuberculosis, his first-hand experience of the power of medicine inspired Waheed to dedicate his life to healing others. But how does a boy with nothing hope to become a doctor?

Waheed largely taught himself, from textbooks bought from street-sellers, and learned English from the BBC World Service. Smuggled to the UK at 15 with just $100 in his pocket, he found a job in a shop. He was advised to set his sights on becoming a taxi driver. But the boy from Kabul had bigger ambitions.

Working through PTSD and anxiety, he studied all hours to achieve his vocation. He was accepted to read medicine at Cambridge University, Imperial College and Harvard, and went on to become a doctor in the NHS. But he wanted to do more. In 2015, he founded Arian Teleheal, a pioneering global charity that connects doctors in war zones and low-resource countries with their counterparts in the US, UK, Europe and Australia. Together, learning from each other, they save and change lives - the lives of millions of people just like Waheed.

For listeners of Educated and War Doctor, this is the extraordinary memoir of a boy who recognised the power of education and dreamed about helping others. It's a tale of courage, ambition and unwavering resilience in the face of all the challenges that life can throw in your way.

©2021 Waheed Arian (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A thrilling and absorbing read from first to last. What a life and what an inspiration." (Stephen Fry)

"Anyone who reads Dr Arian's remarkable memoir will put it down inspired by the immense power and resilience of the human will. At a time when displacement has become increasingly politicized, this book is a gift, a dazzling testimony to the extraordinary contributions that refugees make to the host communities that welcome them." (Khaled Hosseini)

"A powerful, heart-warming account of a young man's escape from war and deprivation to extraordinary success in serving the people of his new country. This is a book which thoroughly deserves to be read and celebrated. I was moved and delighted by it." (John Simpson)

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Everyone should read this book

In the wars is the most brilliant book I can highly recommend reading (or listening too) it tells the truth about refugees and how hard their Journey to have a life free from war and trauma really is. A brave account and determined to help others is admirable

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Easy to follow

Well written story and easy to follow.Waheed talks about life, from a young age to adulthood. Education, work war and health care and issues. Well done.

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Couldn't stop Listening

This is my first audible book. It was the best choice for me. Almost meant to be... I took so much away from it. An absolute roller-coaster or relatable emotions. I needed it.

I didn't think I'd be able to pull off a 9hr nonstop marathon at my age, but I couldn't stop Listening. I feel honoured to have had such a prolific humanitarian narrate his life story thus far.

I have seen first hand some of the situations Waheed explains in his book, and I'm humbled by his selfless warrior resolve. Waheeds vision for a better world and a simple approach to attain it is so refreshing... one of hope for the future, in both the medical field... and human. More power to you.

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Brilliant enjoyed every chapter and very thought provocing.
What a meaningful life Waheed,you deserve the best life for all you have given.

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Glimpse into another world

Loved the story of Waheed’s family’s struggle to survive in hostile conditions. Felt I needed to hear his experiences arriving in the UK. We shared the same college. It made me wish I had been more welcoming and sensitive to overseas students. A book of two halves - history in part one, accomplishment and ambition in part two.

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This was the most worthwhile book I've read in a long time. Moving, informative, inspirational. Excellent narratiom.

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breathtaking.

A beautiful and poignant story. The story of a dream and the courage to chase it and realise it. A dream not just for one person but for the world. Thankyou Waheed. 🙏

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Wow! What a great read!

I can’t recommend this book enough. I really enjoyed it, even though some of it is so sad. For me it was a reminder that those who dream and are driven to make those dreams come true really do make it! Thank you for sharing your story Dr Waheed Arian

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Incredible

Wow what a story, what a journey!! Inspiring and humbling a fantastic listen, I was really gripped.

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Extraordinary! Determination to follow your dreams

A truly inspirational story of a young refugee ....A highly talented and focused individual who in the face of adversity, overcame so many obstacles and persevered to fulfil his dreams... What a wonderful human being. Beautiful diction...for his audio book.. delightfully read by the author 👏🏻🌟