A Woman Among Warlords by Malalai Joya (41)

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



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I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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2 Responses to A Woman Among Warlords by Malalai Joya (41)

  1. Mike Martin says:

    Hi Irene. I love your blog!!
    Greetings. I am a Canadian author living in Ottawa. I have published two books in a mystery series set in Nfld and am now on my third book which is currently being edited. I am wondering about the process for submitting books for review. They are available in print and e-book formats.
    Thank you.

    Mike Martin
    Author of The Body on the T
    “The Body on the T is a good summer read.”
    Hamilton Spectator

    • irenesroth says:

      Hi Mike,

      I could review your books. Just send them to me via PDF at sunnyiroth@gmail.com.

      It is GREAT to know another Canadian author. I too am a Canadian author of many books and e-books. Most of them are nonfiction. Would you be interested in reviewing my books?

      Please get in touch via email.

      Take care,

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