The inspirational story of a woman who moved mountains to
provide medical care for an Iraqi girl badly burned during a roadside
attack, Barbara Marlowe’s determination to fight for her future daughter
highlights the way love can reach across both cultures and continents.
Marlowe was in her fifties when she saw the photo that changed her
life. It was a photo of four-year-old Teeba Furat Fadhil, whose face,
head, and hands had been severely burned during a roadside bombing in
the Diyala Province of Iraq when she was just nineteen months old. It
was Teeba’s eyes that captivated Barbara. They were wide, dark, and
soulful. They seemed to cry out with a message across continents: Help me.
story of Barbara responding to that call is as inspiring as it is
improbable. With a powerful faith and determination, Barbara overcame
obstacle after obstacle to bring Teeba to the United States for medical
treatments—and to ultimately offer a home.
A Brave Face
includes material written by Teeba 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 connection that has
survived the strife of war and the horrors of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. In the
end, this story highlights the power of love to reach across both
cultures and continents.