Final Flight from Sanaa

When Tariq Hakim introduced himself to Colin Lawler one night in a quiet pub, he had no idea that this simple gesture would eventually lead him to imprisonment in his homeland of Yemen. Lawler, a lawyer, has a Libyan client who wishes to deliver much-needed medical equipment to Yemen. Hakim, a doctor who speaks the language and knows the culture, seems a perfect match to facilitate the transaction. However, while in Yemen, a favor to an old friend finds him breaking centuries-old social taboos as he is faced with the dilemma of reconciling his responsibilities to an abused female patient and respecting the culture and people of his youth. He endures torture at the hands of one of his old medical students. But a one night of passion with a beautiful Danish woman leads to rescue, while a coup d'état is being planned.

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Qais Ghanem was born in Aden, at the time a British colony, now part of Yemen. He has lived in Britain, USA, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates, and moved to Canada 45 years ago. He dedicates much of his time to human rights and gender equality, and his novels, based on real or imaginary events in Yemen, are all about gender equality and human rights for all.