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Book on ex-diplomat�s Africa sojourns

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GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Veteran journalist and Padma Shri award winner Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah today released a book titled My African Sojourns, a biographical work of former UN diplomat Nasim Ahmed, at a ceremony held at the India Club here.

The book was released in the presence of Justice PG Agarwal, former judge of the Gauhati High Court; novelist Dhruba Hazarika and author Swapnil Bharali, besides several guests and well-wishers.

A retired former UNICEF worker, Nasim Ahmed spent 17 years working in the strife-torn countries of Africa, including Somalia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, before finally retiring as country representative.

The book, written by Swapnil Bharali, is a first-person account of the various incidents and events that marked and shaped the career of Nasim Ahmed as a worker for peace and stability in the famine-struck countries of Africa.

The passages of the book also contain accounts of an incident where Ahmed was kidnapped by Somali militia, besides other interesting anecdotes of negotiations and deals struck with warlords in the diamond rich tracts of Sierra Leone. The book gives a great insight into the little-known world of Africa, a statement said.

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Book on ex-diplomat�s Africa sojourns

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Veteran journalist and Padma Shri award winner Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah today released a book titled My African Sojourns, a biographical work of former UN diplomat Nasim Ahmed, at a ceremony held at the India Club here.

The book was released in the presence of Justice PG Agarwal, former judge of the Gauhati High Court; novelist Dhruba Hazarika and author Swapnil Bharali, besides several guests and well-wishers.

A retired former UNICEF worker, Nasim Ahmed spent 17 years working in the strife-torn countries of Africa, including Somalia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, before finally retiring as country representative.

The book, written by Swapnil Bharali, is a first-person account of the various incidents and events that marked and shaped the career of Nasim Ahmed as a worker for peace and stability in the famine-struck countries of Africa.

The passages of the book also contain accounts of an incident where Ahmed was kidnapped by Somali militia, besides other interesting anecdotes of negotiations and deals struck with warlords in the diamond rich tracts of Sierra Leone. The book gives a great insight into the little-known world of Africa, a statement said.