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Zvezdana Rashkovich - DUBAI WIVES

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I was born in Croatia to a Croatian mother and Serbian father. My mother married a Sudanese when I was seven and their mutual fascination with travel and adventure led us all on a series of travels and expat posting first to Libya, then Iraq.Later, when I was eleven we settled in Sudan, after an overland trip by ship, car and train across Eastern Europe, Egypt and the Sahara. Here started my introduction and fascination with multiculture and particularly with the Arab world.Immersed in my stepfather's family, culture, religion and language I was fortunate to attend an International Catholic school for girls, attended by a beautiful vibrant community of multicultural and multi-faith students. I married a Sudanese/Egyptian and we moved to the United States in a quest for education and ended up staying for a decade.Middle East beckoned us again due to its proximity to our families back in Sudan, Egypt, Croatia and Serbia. We wanted our children to grow up understanding more of who they are and where they come from.Thus begun our fifteen year stint in the Gulf. First in Qatar, which I love dearly and still call home, and then Dubai, a vibrant city of many possibilites and contradictions.I am a mom to four gorgeous third culture children, wife, and sister to four amazing multiracial siblings. daughter of an extaordinary woman. I am working on a novel 'Africa in the way I dance' set in 1970's Sudan. 

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