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Rodaan / Al Galidi
February at Schiphol

In his Radiobook, Al Galidi (who has recently started working under the name of Rodaan) describes his arrival at Schiphol airport. One winter's day in February 1998 his China Airlines plane lands at Schiphol. His journey, using a false passport, had started in Saigon in Vietnam and lasted for more than twenty hours, with a five-hour stop in Taipei and an hour in Bangkok. Every time the plane landed he prayed to God that it would not take off without him because then he would land up in prison. Once he reached the Netherlands however he found himself in a bureaucratic inferno.

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Rodaan / Al Galidi

Rodaan Al Galidi was born in southern Iraq in 1971 but doesn’t know the exact date. “In the desert birthdays aren’t celebrated,” he explains. But his large family including 10 brothers and sisters all celebrated theirs together on the 1st of July. He studied civil engineering in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil. Al Galidi left Iraq and arrived in the Netherlands in 1998 as an asylum seeker. His story ‘February in Schipol’ is based on his personal experience. Soon he was writing columns for several Dutch newspapers and magazines. In 2002 he published a collection of them under the title ‘Dagboek van een ezel’ (Diary of an ass). In the same year he published his first collection of poetry ‘De fiets, de vrouw en de liefde’ (The bicycle, the woman and the love”). In 2003 he was nominated for the prestigious J.C. Bloem Prize.

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