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Hemn Bakr Abdullah received a full academic scholarship to the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, where he graduated at the top of his class in 2012. During his undergraduate years, he focused on translating the curse poems of Sheikh Raza Talabani. He also worked as a translator for online news outlets and volunteered teaching English during summer and winter holidays. He now lives and works in northern Iraq, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.