In the Wars

In the Wars

An uplifting, life-enhancing autobiography, a poignant story of the power of resilience


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'A riveting story of loss, exile, and rebirth.' KHALED HOSSEINI, author of The Kite Runner

'One of the most incredible life stories you will ever hear.' JAMES O'BRIEN
'A remarkable story. I thought this book was brilliant.' NAGA MUNCHETTY


Born in war-torn Afghanistan, Waheed Arian's first memories are of bombs. His first-hand experience of the power of medicine inspired him to dedicate his life to healing others. But how does a boy with nothing hope to become a doctor?

Fleeing the conflict with his family, he spent much of his childhood in refugee camps in Pakistan, living sometimes ten to a room without basic sanitation or access to education. Waheed largely taught himself, from textbooks bought from street-sellers, and learned English from the BBC World Service.

Smuggled to the UK at fifteen with just a hundred dollars in his pocket, he found a job in a shop. He was advised to set his sights on becoming a taxi driver. But the boy from Kabul had bigger ambitions.

Working through PTSD and anxiety, he studied all hours to achieve his vocation. He was accepted to read medicine at Cambridge University, Imperial College and Harvard, and went on to become a doctor in the NHS, currently in A&E.

But he wanted to do more. In 2015 he founded Arian Teleheal, a pioneering global charity that connects doctors in war zones and low-resource countries with their counterparts in the US, UK, Europe and Australia. Together, learning from each other, they save and change lives - the lives of millions of people just like Waheed.

For readers of Educated and War Doctor, this is the extraordinary memoir of a boy who recognized the power of education and dreamed about helping others. It is a tale of courage, ambition and unwavering resilience in the face of all the challenges that life can throw in your way.

UNESCO's Global Hero Award
Who Cares Wins Best Doctor Award
The Times's Man of the Year Award


  • 'A thrilling and absorbing read from first to last. What a life and what an inspiration.'

About the author

Waheed Arian

Waheed Arian is an NHS A&E doctor and founder of the pioneering charity Arian Teleheal, which works directly with clinicians on the ground in low-resource and war-torn countries. As an adviser, he helps global organizations and governments with the development of their healthcare and education systems. Dr Arian is an NHS Innovation Mentor and was appointed in 2019 to the WHO Roster of Digital Health Experts. Recognized as a UNESCO Global Hope Hero and a UN Global Goals Goalkeeper, in 2021 he was named Doctor of the Year in the Who Cares Wins Awards and chosen by The Times as one of their people of the year. In 2022 he was the winner of the Achievement Through Adversity category in the 23rd GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards and The World Citizen Award from TRT. He is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences and events.
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