What a book of bravery, courage, and hope for women of Kabul and everywhere! Stories like this are so wonderful and inspiring, especially in these difficult Afganistanian times.
Malalai Joya has continuously criticized the oppressive parts of Kabul. She spoke against warlords and drug barons. She even survived four assassination attempts. She has to be constantly accompanied by an armed guard and sleeps in safe houses. That is a hard way to live.
This lady was brought up in Iranian refugee camps and in Pakistan. She was inspired by her father’s activist attitudes. Since women couldn’t be educated, she had to hide her books under her burqa.
The endless Afghanistan wars have created a whole generation of orphans. So, she built an orphanage in her home province of Farah.
The Afghanistan people face unbelievable situations every day. Malalai tries to change things. She had to become a controversial political figure in order to do so and had to move to Canada. But she refused to remain silent. She wanted to make a difference in the world for women and children.
This is a spell-binding book that is hard to put down. I read it in one sitting.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth