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By: Moustafa El-Guindy

Tears on the Euphrates

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In a harrowing story of lost innocence and shattered identities, two young lives are swept up in a storm of calamity and betrayal. An Iraqi child, ripped from the warm embrace of his family, finds himself in the clutches of strangers in a foreign country. While the boy’s desperate family searches tirelessly for their beloved son, the kidnappers weave a web of lies to erase his past, forging a cruel destiny that will test the bonds of fraternity and love.

Against a backdrop of global unrest, the stolen child and his unexpected natural brother try to forge their own paths, tied by a deep friendship, in a world torn apart by violence and deceit. From the uncontrollable violence in Afghanistan to the turbulent waters of the Euphrates, the destiny breaks the sky with a story of love between two who would never imagine loving each other. Among the rubble, death and destruction, the deepest, most real and sincere love story is born. A love rooted in the soul and deep in the heart. Love that glorifies life and means death; the threads of family, love and loyalty will be stretched to the breaking point.

Tears on the Euphrates delves into the profound impact of family and identity amid the harsh realities of a world at war, intertwining the fates of two boys with the turbulent geopolitics that define the divide between East and West. Through their eyes, we explore the moving and unyielding search for truth, belonging, and redemption in a world yearning for hope.

Moustafa El-Guindy was born in Egypt on August 10, 1943. He grew up in Cairo; since youth, his passion for literature has been overwhelming, and he was deeply influenced by the great writers of Egypt like Taha Hussein and Najib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize 1988). Later in 1961, he joined the University of Cairo, getting his degree as a biochemist in June 1965. During this time, he started to publish his articles and poems in Egypt. In 1969, he moved to Brazil, where he worked as a university professor. Now, he lives in the beautiful city of Murrieta, CA, USA.


Moustafa published many literary works, articles, poems and books in Egypt, Brazil and the United States.

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