My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story

by Latifa | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0786869011 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 5/19/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Friday, May 19, 2006
Picked up from BookCloseouts.com.

From the cover -
From 1997 to 2001, sixteen-year-old Latifa was a prisoner in her own home as the Taliban wreaked havoc on the lives of Afghan girls and women. This is her testimony - a young woman's reaction to the inhumanity taking place before her very eyes.
Latifa's life was turned upside down the moment the Taliban took Kabul. The oppressive regime banned women from working, from schools, from public life, even from leaving their homes without a male relative. Female faces were outlawed as the burka, or head-to-toe veil, became mandatory.
Latifa had planned to pursue journalism, in a quest for the truth about the ever-shifting power structure in her country. From the Russians to the warring factions, Latifa's existence had been marred by violence and upheaval. But when the Taliban took over, her world was reduced to the few rooms of her apartment. Like a contemporary Anne Frank, Latifa was forced to observe, absorb, and make sense of what was happening to women, to her country, from the confines of her four walls.
Frustrated by the sight of children wandering the streets below, and despite the danger to her own life, Latifa established a school and attempted to defy a regime, one child at a time.
in May 2001, Latifa and her parents escaped through dangerous Taliban territory to Pakistan, then Paris. After several weeks, their flight was discovered, and the government issued a fatwa against them. Now, in 2002, with the Taliban in retreat, Latifa's future seems brighter, although her homeland is still in turmoil. Written during her exile, this book is an extraordinarily powerful account of a teenager's life under terrible circumstances and a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.

Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at Westminster, Maryland USA on Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Sadly, MaryZee passed suddenly in September 2012. MaryZee's daughter is now ready to rehome her mom's books and I was willing to collect and redistribute them to keep her literary legacy alive.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSpatialwing at Arlington, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 17, 2018
One of the books from maryzee's collection 6of8 gave me to help distribute.

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Journal Entry 5 by mrsjones at Hamilton, Ohio USA on Friday, April 05, 2019
Pulled this from the bookbox. Looks interesting.

Journal Entry 6 by mrsjones at Hamilton, Ohio USA on Friday, May 03, 2019
It's been a long time since I read a memoir about like in the middle east. This book was published in 2001, so it's a little dated. Reading it took me back to that time period and how little we knew about what was happening to the people under Taliban rule. There was some attention to it, and then it disappeared again. I have no idea what life is like for the Afghan people today, but now I'm curious.

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