Former Muslim from Baghdad employed by NBC News
Co-Author of Saved by Her Enemy
Rafraf Barrak is a 28 year old Iraqi woman who was born and raised in the city of Baghdad in Iraq. She is the middle child of a family of 10 kids. Rafraf grew up in a family that had strong Muslim and cultural traditions. Despite the circumstances of growing up during Saddam's regime, Rafraf's family managed to send her to college. Two months after the end of the military operations in Iraq in 2003, Rafraf graduated from Baghdad University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree, specifically in English Literature with a Diploma in Spanish Language. Using her language skills, she started working as a translator for the American TV network, NBC News in the Baghdad Bureau. She worked on many stories along with her foreign coworkers which ultimately put her in the front line during the aftermath of the war. Through her work with NBC she met with correspondent Don Teague who, with the help of others at NBC, managed to get her a scholarship at the University of South Florida with an opportunity to get her Masters degree in Political Science.
On October 26th, 2004, she entered the United States of America in a daring move across the globe leaving culture, traditions, and family behind. She spent 2 years in the U.S.A. before she was granted political Asylum, since insurgents had targeted her and threatened her family after she left Iraq. It was deemed too dangerous to return to her home country. During her time in the U.S., Rafraf went under a cultural transformation from a sheltered Muslim girl to a modern American one. In September 2008, Rafraf accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, putting everything including family on the line. She strives to learn more about Christianity each and every day and her goal is to live a life that is fulfilled by the Lord's love and glory.
"Don and Rafraf were a class act. They were very easy to work with and gave a talk that fit perfectly with our group and audience. Their story is amazing and they were able to connect with and engage the audience. Many people had questions afterwards and everyone was able to take something away from the event. Great speakers!"
-Tim Feng, CNY Crossroads