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Michelle Nouri (Italy)

Michelle Nouri was born in Prague and was raised in Baghdad. Her family lived through the Iraq-Iran conflict. In 1988 Michelle and her mother and sisters fled to Prague after her father abandoned them. In 1991, at the age of eighteen, she moved to Italy to seek a better life. After learning Italian, Michelle built a successful career in the Italian media, working in both television and print, covering the lives and issues of immigrants in Italy. She also interviews politicians, writers, cultural gurus and sports figures. Her memoir is The Girl From Baghdad.