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National Writers Series: Omar El Akkad

Kateshia Pendergrass

Omar El Akkad is an Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has reported on topics such as the War in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring, and Black Lives Matter. He’s also written two novels: “American War,” and his latest, “What Strange Paradise,” about the refugee crisis as seen through the eyes of a child. Omar appeared at a virtual National Writers Series event and spoke with Nargis Hakim Rahman of radio station WDET.

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