Seja Majeed is a British Iraqi, with an upper second class honours degree in law from Brunel Law School and a Postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from City Law School. She also has a diploma in Leadership Public Policy from the American University of Sharjah.
Seja's family left Iraq in 1980 due to the Iran and Iraq war, she was born in 1986 in Algeria, a year later her family moved to the United Kingdom, where they claimed asylum due to civil war erupting in Algeria.
In 1980 her uncle Naeem Al-taki, was executed by hanging at the age of twenty-one, he was hanged because he had joined a University club that spoke up against the Baa'th regime. In 1986, her second uncle Helmi Al-taki, was taken by the Baa'th regime, he was placed in Abu Ghraib prison where he was frequently tortured, Seja's mother was pregnant with her at the time. He was last seen in 1991.
For fifteen years, Seja's family searched for him, but it was only in 2003, after the collapse of the Baa'th regime, that they realised he was most likely buried in a mass grave, since he did not appear from the prisons. Until this day, Seja's family have no knowledge of what happened to him, or how he may have died. Seja says, "From the moment I was born I knew about war and death without anyone having to explain it to me, it became a part of my being, to know that people were hungry to kill and destroy everything around them. I was helpless to do anything, but comfort my mother, I would hear her cry, knowing that so much injustice had been done to her family. She had lost everything, except her hope that maybe she would find him alive."
Seja was raised in Hackney up until the age of fourteen, she attended Kingsland Secondary School, which was subsequently closed down for poor results and lack of funding. In 1998, Seja was accepted to attend St Marylebone Grammar School for girls, although English was her favourite subject, Seja says she, 'struggled with it, as well as most other subjects', although the school was revered for its academic results, she says, 'those who weren't high achievers were simply ignored by the teachers. I was one of them.'
It was only when she moved to City of Westminster College to study her A-Levels that she felt truly supported by her teachers and began to believe in herself, and academic abilities. Seja went on to achieve strong A-level grades, and won a place to study law at Brunel Law School.
In 2012, Seja was accepted into the highly competitive Graduate Working Scheme for Shell Petroleum Company, she worked in Scotland dealing with North Sea projects, she was later transferred to work on the Iraqi Majnoon project, where she now lives in Dubai, and frequently travels to Iraq.
She is also a One Young World Ambassador which is a premier global forum for young people of leadership calibre, endorsed by political and social figures such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof and USA Senator John Kerry, among many others. Seja began writing her novel, 'The Forgotten Tale of Larsa', when she was just 19 years old, at the time she was studying Law and working. It took Seja nine years to complete her novel, she did this whilst studying, volunteering and working.
Her novel is published by Bluebird Publishing, and is expected to be released in 2014.
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