Rodaan Al Galidi
Rodaan Al Galidi was born in southern Iraq sometime in the early 1970s. Births were not recorded and so he and his 10 siblings share the birthday of July 1. Since 1998 he has been living in the Netherlands, where he spent ten years as an illegal alien before gaining the right to remain. He writes in Dutch and has gained fame as a writer with three novels and numerous other collections to his name.