"A Country Called Amreeka" by Alia Malek

11/21/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Alia Malek is the author of A Country Called Amreeka. Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. She was conceived in Beirut, born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, and served in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

She resigned right before the invasion of Iraq and went to Lebanon where she tried to help refugees. Feeling the despair and the lack of familiarity with people of Arabic background, she decided that writing their stories would be the best way to familiarize people with who Arab Americans really are.


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