‘It's almost impossible to think there is a story out there like Alexander Khan's. He has risked death threats to tell this tale - It was worth the risk.’ (David Willetts, The Sun, newspaper)
‘A true story of courage & inspiration.’ (Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, CEO Karma Nirvana)
‘An incredible story – not just because of the pain of separation from his mother but also of the brutality and trauma that followed.’ (Alison Shalaby OBE, CEO Reunite International)
Alexander Khan was a victim of: Child Abduction, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence
Alexander Khan did not have the easiest start to life. Born to a white mother and an Asian father in the racially divided years of the 1970s, his world collapsed when he was snatched from his mother following the breakdown of his parents' marriage.
When his father died suddenly, Alexander's step family in Lancashire stepped in and raised him. But they showed him no love, nor kindness of any sort. At the age of 13 he is sent to Pakistan for a ‘holiday’ - one that was planned to last a lifetime. He was abducted by an uncle and sent to Haqqania, a fundamentalist madrassa (Islamic school) on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border now notorious for training some of the Taliban's top scholars and fighters.
Alexander spoke no Arabic and had little knowledge of the Qur’an. He was beaten and tortured regularly for such 'crimes' by his teachers and mocked by other students. Having just turned 14, Alexander had to find a way to escape and try to make it back to his fathers village. Even there he was not safe.
July 1996 - Alexander joined an 'elite' Parachute regiment within the British military, and during his time serving he has trained in various countries worldwide including, Jordon, Kenya, Canada and Germany. In March 2003, Alexander was one of the first soldiers to cross into Iraq, on Operation Telic 1, the invasion of Iraq.
After twenty six years of searching for the truth, would Alexander ever find his long lost mother and the truth why he was treated so cruelly by the people who should have loved and protected him.
Alexander writes about his early life experiences in “Orphan of Islam” He is currently working on his second memoir where he writes about his time in the British military. He is also the author of “The Recruit” An Ethan Blake thriller.
Alexander Khan works with two charities helping to raising awareness on 'Parental Child Abduction' and 'Honour Based Abuse.'