When he was a teenager, Haider worked in the Iraqi Ministry of Information. He was specially trained to talk to visiting dignitaries and foreign reporters, and he loved his job. It was exciting, and he was treated like a celebrity. Then the war broke out, his job disappeared, and Haider suddenly had to figure out what to do next: hide, like his father wanted, or jump into the fray. Plus, other stories about what happens when you strike out into the world.