Younis Bahri

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Bahri in Paris 1952
book cover " Hunâ Berlin! Hayiya al-'Arab!" in Arabic language

Younis Saleh Bahri al-Jubouri (c. 1903 – 1979; Arabic: يونس بحري‎) was an Iraqi journalist, broadcaster, and writer. He wrote many books. He traveled to numerous countries and for this reason was called the Iraqi traveler in his time. He is said to have mastered over 17 languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Bahri was born around 1903 in Mosul. His first marriage was with a woman named Madiha in Mosul. Yunus Bahri is said to have married more than 100 women[1]. However, much about the life of Bahri is uncertain because many myths exist about him.

In 1929 he met Julie van der Veen, a Dutch female painter, in a casino in the French city of Nice. He wanted to marry her, but she did not want to travel much and wanted to settle. Then he left and traveled and met Julie again in 1939. He had an affair with her for more than ten years, exchanging love letters in English until they later married in Berlin at the end of 1939.[2]This marriage ended after less than four months and Julie returned to The Netherlands.

From right to left: Anwar Sadat, Secretary General of the Islamic World Conference and future President of Egypt; Lebanese parliamentarian Salah El-Bezri; Mohamed Ali Eltaher; Medhat Fatfat, Ambassador of Lebanon to Egypt; Farid Chéhab, Director of Lebanese General Security; Younis Bahri, Iraqi journalist and founder of the Arabic program at Radio Berlin during World War II – Beirut 1955

He had more than one hundred children, and this was mentioned to one of his companions in the Council attended by King Faisal I when he congratulated him with the birth of his sixtieth son[3]. The number of marriages has exceeded everyone's, and asked one of the journalists and Younus Bahri at the end of his life: How did you marry so many women, you are a Muslim, and Islam does not allow more than four wives? He said: "I divorced my wives after every marriage for a month, a year or more...".[4]

Younis Bahri, a participant in the Islamic Culture Conference in 1949, whose sessions were held at the Lycée Carnot (Lycée pilote Bourguiba) in Tunis


At the end of his life he stayed in Baghdad and died in 1979 at the home of his relative and colleague Nizar Mohammed Zaki (director of the office of the News Agency in Beirut). He was buried by the municipality in al-Ghazali cemetery. The French Press Agency and Reuters reported the news of his death, published by the Lebanese daily An-Nahar on its front page.

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  2. ^ "Category: يونس بحري". بيت الموصل bayt al mosul.
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  4. ^ "يونس بحري الجبوري عراقي سافر خلف طموحه إلى العالم البعيد".