In 1959 I was born into a Muslim family in Kurdistan in northern Iraq. I was the fifth child of a large family. The Arab culture and the religion of Islam were the dominant influences, overshadowing the three other nations in Iraq, the largest of which are the Kurds. I began the formal study of Arabic at the age of twelve. By the time I was sixteen, I was writing poetry in Arabic, some of which was published as early as 1976.
Talat talks with Marcus about her journey home to the Catholic Church from a Muslim childhood, how she discovered Christianity through the witness of the sisters in the convent school that she attended. Her faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came through reading the Gospels.