Behind the Burqa

Behind the Burqa

Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom

Book - 2002
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""Whenever and wherever adults make war, children die and women are subjected to fear and humiliation. This is true of Afghanistan too. Read this harrowing book. The tragic yet heroic tale of two women is told with great simplicity. They will haunt you.""
-Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

""The stories of Sulima and Hala achingly articulate the twin and enduring legacies of misogyny and violence. A critical historical document, Behind the Burqa ultimately reveals the unbreakable strength of Afghan women.""
-Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
Founder and Artistic Director, V-Day

""Behind the Burqa provides important information about conditions in Afghanistan, as well as the plight of asylum-seekers in the United States. I highly recommend this book to all people who are concerned about human rights, both at home and abroad.""
-Senator Sam Brownback, (R. Kansas)
ranking member, Immigration Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary

""This book is a gripping reading experience, and it also offers important suggestions for those who would like to participate in making our asylum politics more humane.""
-Eleanor Acer, Director, Asylum Program, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights

""This book shows the injustices suffered by innocent women seeking asylum in the U. S. and the power of religious faith to provide hope and courage even in prison.""
-Fauziya Kassindja, author of Do They Hear You When You Cry

""Sulima and Hala epitomize the worldwide struggle of women for equality and justice. Their story is gripping and illuminating.""
-Jessica Neuwirth, President of Equality Now
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2002.
ISBN: 9780471263890
Branch Call Number: 958.1040922 Yas
Characteristics: ix, 277 p.


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MustangSally Oct 29, 2010

I have read several similar books on the topic of oppressed women and always find it fascinating to discover yet another case of struggles women must face in today's society. This is a true account of a woman who was being forced into an arranged marriage but fought against it. She must suffer the heart-breaking consequences of her decision and a future of unknowns when she escapes to the United States. This book reminds us that we should always be mindful of and cherish the freedom we have been blessed with.

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