When the young Viking, Ivar, arrives in Miafarqin in year 997, searching for his Dad, Halvdan, he falls in love with Vesta, an attractive Kurdish, Zoroastrian doctor, and she in turn falls desperately in love with him. They decide to bind their fates in a time when a ruthless invasion and a large-scale, lamentable migration into Kurdland are still ongoing, and when the Kurds vow to fight for their freedom, determined to win a persistent battle for survival. As the new normal begins to emerge, the invaders are breathing fear and tyranny into Vesta's society. A vicious attack occurs in her house - Vesta and her children are destined to face the intruders alone. Dr. Widad Akreyi is a prominent humanitarian and human rights activist. A winner of several awards, the renowned champion of justice and gender equality has become a global voice for the voiceless, first and foremost the women and girls abducted, sold and enslaved in the Middle East. With an interest in exploring different cultures, she wrote The Viking's Kurdish Love in the late 1990s, peeling back some of the layers of an ancient era that is of particular relevance to the world we live in today.
The Viking's Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians' Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003
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