Zaher Mahmud is an ordinary school boy,
living in the provincial capital town
Sulaimania in Iraqi Kurdistan until, at the
age of eleven, his leg is hit by a bullet.
His life derails. In-between odd jobs he is
frequently on the run. At a very early age,
he joins the Kurdish guerrilla. When he is
eighteen, he is hit by a phosphor bomb.
Only because he is admitted into a London
hospital Zaher survives his severe burns.
In 1976 he ends up in the Netherlands as a
refugee. Will Zaher Mahmud be able to pick
up his life again or will the ideas and
spectres from his youth continue to hunt
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