"A BRAVE FACE" - Two Cultures, Two Families and The Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together


In March 2019, Harper Collins will release, “A Brave Face,” the inspiring story of Barbara Marlowe, Teeba, and Teeba’s Iraqi mother, Dunia.  About her story of bringing a badly injured little Teeba to the US for surgery, ICF President Marlowe said, “This has been a labor of love and an emotional roller coaster for all of us. Lots of incredible and inspirational behind the scenes stories that have captivated my faith and changed me forever - all of us.” 

The story of these 3 brave women is recounted on the website for the forthcoming book (http://www.abravefacebook.com/):

“It was a typical Sunday morning in 2006 when Barbara Marlowe first saw the photo that changed her life-a photo of four-year-old Teeba Furat Fadhil, whose face, head, and hands had with been severely burned during a roadside bombing in the Diyala Province of Iraq. It was Teeba's eyes that captivated Barbara. They were wide, dark, and soulful. They seemed to cry out across oceans a single message: Help me.

“Barbara's story of responding to that cry is as inspiring as it is improbable. With a powerful faith and determination, she overcame obstacle after obstacle to bring Teeba to the United States for medical treatments- and unexpectedly, to ultimately offer her a home.

“A Brave Faceincludes material written by Teeba, now a young woman, and her Iraqi mother, Dunia, at key moments in their stories. The book also explores the connection forged between Barbara and Dunia over the past decade-a deep bond between two mothers that has flourished despite the distance, the strife of war, and the horrors of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“In the end, this is a story of hope. A story of building bridges. A story of the always astonishing power of self-sacrificial love.”

For more information or to contact the Iraqi Children Foundation, visit www.iraqichildren.org  The Iraqi Children Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity located at 701 W Broad St., Suite 301, Falls Church, VA 22046. Phone:  (703) 635-7990.  All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  A financial statement is available upon written request from the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs.  

Cindy Fogleman