Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse

Author: Suraya Sadeed,Damien Lewis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1401342701

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Includes a Reading Group Guide and Author Q&A From her first humanitarian visit to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been personally delivering relief and hope to Afghan orphans and refugees, to women and girls in inhuman situations deemed too dangerous for other aid workers or for journalists. Her memoir of these missions, Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, is as unconventional as the woman who has lived it. This is no humanitarian missive; it is an adventure story with heart. To help the Afghan people, Suraya has flown in a helicopter piloted by a man who was stoned beyond reason. She has traveled through mountain passes on horseback alongside mules, teenage militiamen, and Afghan leaders. She has stared defiantly into the eyes of members of the Taliban and of the Mujahideen who were determined to slow or stop her. She has hidden and carried $100,000 in aid, strapped to her stomach, into ruined villages. She has built clinics. She has created secret schools for Afghan girls. She has dedicated the second half of her life to the education and welfare of Afghan women and children, founding the organization Help the Afghan Children (HTAC) to fund her efforts. Suraya was born the daughter of the governor of Kabul amid grand walls, beautiful gardens, and peace. In the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, she fled to the United States with her husband, their young daughter, their I-94 papers, and little else. In America, she became the workaholic owner of a prosperous real estate company, enjoying all the worldly comforts anyone could want, but when a personal tragedy struck in the early 1990s, Suraya seriously questioned how she was living and soon sharply changed the direction of her life. Now, in Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, she shares her story of passion, courage, and love, painting a complex portrait of Afghanistan, its people, and its foreign visitors that defies every stereotype and invites us all to contribute to the lives of others and to hope.

Forbidden Lessons In A Kabul Guesthouse

Author: Suraya Sadeed

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748122125

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Suraya Sadeed grew up in a peaceful Afghanistan. Following the Soviet invasion in 1979, she left America with her family, building a new life. But after a sudden tragedy, Suraya returned to Afghanistan for a visit that changed everything. Shocked by the suffering and destruction wreaked on her homeland, Suraya was determined to help. Smuggling herself across borders in various disguises, braving warlords and drug-runners, she set up an underground girls' schools in Kabul in order to bring hope and aid to thousands of Afghans. Since then, Suraya has worked tirelessly, trying to raise funds.

Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse

Author: Suraya Sadeed

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539786672

Category:

Page: 302

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Suraya Sadeed started her life in Kabul, Afghanistan. As the governor's daughter, she lived in luxury, peace, and contentment. When the Soviet Union invaded, she fled, starting a successful second life in the United States. But she never forgot the people she left behind in Afghanistan. After experiencing a devastating personal tragedy, an idea-no, a mission-struck her. Under the Taliban, women and girls were being treated inhumanely. They had no voice and no one to help them. Anyone venturing into Afghanistan would find a perilous country with little access to the outside world and virtually no resources. If something went wrong, there would be no one to help. But she didn't care. She was going. Her journey takes her from the Taliban regime to the war in Afghanistan and beyond. Standing up to warlords, smugglers, and an oppressive religious regime, she slips through the borders, evades the Taliban, and endures unthinkable conditions to help the people of her native land. As she looks to the future of the ever-changing country, Sadeed realizes how much work still needs to be done. The road ahead is long-but her efforts toward meaningful assistance and lasting change set an inspiring example.

An American Bride in Kabul

Author: Phyllis Chesler

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1137365579

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Few westerners will ever be able to understand Muslim or Afghan society unless they are part of a Muslim family. Twenty years old and in love, Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American girl from Brooklyn, embarked on an adventure that has lasted for more than a half-century. In 1961, when she arrived in Kabul with her Afghan bridegroom, authorities took away her American passport. Chesler was now the property of her husband's family and had no rights of citizenship. Back in Afghanistan, her husband, a wealthy, westernized foreign college student with dreams of reforming his country, reverted to traditional and tribal customs. Chesler found herself unexpectedly trapped in a posh polygamous family, with no chance of escape. She fought against her seclusion and lack of freedom, her Afghan family's attempts to convert her from Judaism to Islam, and her husband's wish to permanently tie her to the country through childbirth. Drawing upon her personal diaries, Chesler recounts her ordeal, the nature of gender apartheid—and her longing to explore this beautiful, ancient, and exotic country and culture. Chesler nearly died there but she managed to get out, returned to her studies in America, and became an author and an ardent activist for women's rights throughout the world. An American Bride in Kabul is the story of how a naïve American girl learned to see the world through eastern as well as western eyes and came to appreciate Enlightenment values. This dramatic tale re-creates a time gone by, a place that is no more, and shares the way in which Chesler turned adversity into a passion for world-wide social, educational, and political reform.

With One Fool Left in the World, No One Is Stranded

Author: Frances Garrett Connell

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491837551

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 654

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This book charts the life of two young American teachers immersed in an Afghan village, and later in Kabul, from 1973-1976, before the onset of decades of conflict. In this turn back to the memories coded and buried in those years, and in the flashes to more recent events and reflections, the book portrays stories, scenes, people and realities long lost. In the minute particulars and in the large, political and cultural strokes which made up that complex country of hospitable people who shaped the writer's life in unpredictable ways, one finds the seeds which grew to shape a country, a region, an endless war, and which now impact a new millennium.

The War in Afghanistan

Author: Arthur Gillard

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 073776788X

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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Editor Arthur Gillard has compiled fascinating, stirring essays and articles that explain how the War in Afghanistan impacts the American way of life. Readers will explore the issues surrounding the Afghan War from 2001 to present. Both conservative and liberal points of view create an even balance, on issues including whether the U.S. should continue fighting, whether the counterinsurgency strategy is effective, and whether the war is helping with the rights of Afghan women. Readers will also evaluate whether the U.S. should accept and learn to work with corruption in Afghanistan. Personal narratives will make your readers feel for the plight of each essayist, including a teenage son who talks about his father's military service.

The Power of Education

Author: Colin Power

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9812872213

Category: Education

Page: 280

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This book is about the power of education: the kind of education that simultaneously improves the quality of life both of individuals and the wider society. It explains why education must be viewed as a basic human right, as a value in and of itself, and reviews the evidence on how education builds the human resources that individuals and nations need to be productive, to continue to learn, to solve problems, to be creative, and to live together and with nature in peace and harmony. When nations ensure that such an education is accessible to all throughout their lives, education becomes the engine of sustainable development – economic, social, moral and cultural. The book is unique in that it covers the development of education at all levels in all countries of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, using the latest international data bases, while blending in analyses of both quantitate and qualitative research.

Games without Rules

Author: Tamim Ansary

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1610390954

Category: History

Page: 416

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By the author of Destiny Disrupted: An enlightening, lively, accessible, history of Afghanistan from 1840 to today, from the Afghan point of view, that illuminates how Great Power conflicts have interrupted an ongoing, internal struggle to take form as a nation. Five times in the last two centuries, some great power has tried to invade, occupy, or otherwise take control of Afghanistan. And as Tamim Ansary shows in this illuminating history, every intervention has come to grief in much the same way and for much the same reason: The intervening power has failed to understand that Afghanistan has a story of its own, a story that continues to unfold between, and despite, the interventions. Games without Rules tells this story from the inside looking out. Drawing on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources, Ansary weaves an epic that moves from a universe of village republics--the old Afghanistan--through a tumultuous drama of tribes, factions, and forces, to the current struggle. Ansary paints a richly textured portrait of a nation that began to form around the same time as the United States but is still struggling to coalesce; a nation driven by its high ambitions but undermined by its own demons, while every forty to sixty years a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. A compelling narrative told in an accessible, conversational style, Games without Rules offers revelatory insight into a country long at the center of international debate, but never fully understood by the outside world.

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