YEMENI REFUGEE BRINGS STORY TO ABILENE

By LORETTA FULTON

Mohammed AL Samawi, a peace activist and author of “The Fox Hunt,” will bring a story of inspiration to Abilene Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14-15. 

MohommedASamawiThe public is invited to his Monday evening presentation, “Building Bridges: Interfaith Dialogue Across the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Communities.” The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mabee Room of the campus center at McMurry University. Admission is free. 

On Tuesday, Al Samawi will speak to all first-year seminar students at McMurry on “Collaboration and Teamwork to Accomplish the Impossible.”

The Abilene Interfaith Council will hear Al Samawi at McMurry Monday evening for its October meeting. 

The full title of AL Samawi’s book is “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America,” which tells the story of his escape from the civil war in Yemen with the help of a daring plan orchestrated on social media by a small group of Facebook friends in the West. Over 13 days, four friends with no experience in international diplomacy or military maneuvers worked across six technology platforms and 10 time zones to save Al Samawi, who was trapped between rebel fighters supported by Iran and Al Qaeda operatives supported by Saudi Arabia. 

The book not only has all the elements of a thriller, but also is a story of compassion, friendship, faith, and redemption. “Fox Hunt” is being developed into a movie by Marc Platt, who produced “La La Land,” and Josh Singer, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay,”Spotlight.” 

Al Samawi, who lives in Florida, launched the Abrahamic House in 2019. According to a news release, the organization is a multi-faith incubator for social change with a mission to build sustainable interfaith learning and action across Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i and Christian communities to foster an environment of respect, justice, and social change.

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