ABDUL Mkith’s story of how Caithness saved his life after he was sent from Bangladesh as a child and forced to work as a drug mule in the UK has touched the hearts of people in the far north and beyond.
Now he is set to launch his book The Locket and a Five Taka Note at a special booksigning at Tesco in Wick on Saturday.
The 28-year-old has beeb contacted by people from across the world who are in difficult situations and who ask for his advice on how they can help improve their lives.
His book documents his hellish childhood after he was sent from his home by his parents to live in the UK with a family friend in the hope he could escape the disorder in his home country.
But he was soon sold off by the family friend after she claimed Abdul’s father was not sending her any money.
He ended up being forced to work with gangs who sent him across the UK delivering drug packages though he did not know what he was carrying.
They also attacked him viciously with him being shot, stabbed and having one of his fingers chopped off. Mr Mkith was caught by police in 2003 in Ullapool on a drug courier run to Sutherland.
He ended up being sent to Wick Children’s Home before ending up living with foster parents, Freddie and Patsy Anderson, who helped him change his life for the better.
Abdul’s book was launched on Kindle two weeks ago and since then he has been inundated with appeals for help from others living in dire straits.
He said it is overwhelming that his story has touched so many people and he tries to offer advice to people in the best way he can.
“I have had a lot of young people from across the world who have approached me on Facebook asking for me to give them help and advice,” he said.
“Problems include issues people are having at work at home or with social workers and they don’t how to deal with them.”
Abdul said: “I am grateful that people have been inspired by my story and are coming to me with their problems.
“The way I deal with it is just to tell people how I dealt with my problem.
“The best advice I can give is just to stay patient and know one day things will get better.”
“I have had people from Bangladesh who are going through similar problems to what I did asking me for help and advice,” he said.
“They want advice on how they can free themselves from their problems.
“Also people have told me about how they have experienced similar situations to me during their childhoods and how they got through it.
“The response to my book is growing all the time and the publicity is getting bigger and bigger.
“But what has amazed me is the number of younger people who have approached me with their problems.”