Iraq Native Living In Watertown Shares Her StoryPosted: Updated:
"There's so many women going through what I went through and maybe worse."
Waffa Becker wants to share her story with the world in the memoir "Born Different." She's an Iraqi who became an American citizen and is married to a solider stationed on Fort Drum.
"When I was in Iraq, I had so many dreams that I couldn't even do or achieve one of them," she said.
But she was determined to succeed and received her degree in English-Arabic translation.
"Education is like a women's weapon there," said Becker.
She says she was mistreated at her family's home - held captive, abused - so she fled, which led her to the American Embassy. That's where she became a U.S. Army translator. Working in Iraq was dangerous too.
"We got attacked many times. I don't know how I survived so many times. I thank God for that," she said.
Becker did a lot of different jobs in Iraq, including looking for bombs with soldiers. Now she helps teach soldiers Muslim culture.
"Friendship there you can benefit a lot. You can sometimes turn enemies into to friends but if you make mistakes, you can turn you friends into enemies," she said.
By telling her story, she hopes to give other women courage.
"It's to encourage women to speak up and do to something about their situation," she said.
Becker will be signing copies of her book and answering questions at The Reading Room bookstore at the Salmon Run Mall Friday at 7 p.m.