The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Iraqi journalist Dunya Mikhail is the deeply moving real-life account of an Iraqi honey trader who used his regional knowledge to help liberate Yazidi women enslaved by ISIS. Dunya weaves together recent tales of near-impossible escapes with her own experience of exile. A former journalist at The Baghdad Observer and winner of the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, Dunya talks to SBS’s Janice Petersen to reflect on a remarkable story that offers a hopeful counterpoint to terror and hatred.


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Dunya Mikhail (International)

Dunya Mikhail

Dunya Mikhail worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer before she was forced to flee Iraq. Her poetry collection The War Works Hard was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. Her latest work is The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the compelling story of how an Iraqi beekeeper saved the lives of Yazidi women sold into slavery by Isis. Dunya has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Knights Foundation grant, a Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She works as a special lecturer of Arabic at Oakland University in Michigan.

Janice Petersen (Australian)

Janice Petersen

Janice Petersen has spent more than 15 years working as a cross-platform journalist and news presenter, and currently presents SBS World News. Janice brings to SBS a strong background in journalism after many years at the ABC where she reported on and covered breaking news events right across Australia. In her current role, she regularly interviews leading news makers, presents live reports and delivers breaking national and international news stories. Janice has also lent her presenting skills to landmark SBS programs including iconic forum series Insight and co-hosted Go Back To Where You Came From Live.