Letters to My Daughters: A Memoir

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Douglas & McIntyre, 2011 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 272 pages
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In the vein of Infidel comes this spellbinding memoir of survival and courage from Afghanistan’s most popular female politician.

On the dayFawzia Koofiwas born, her mother set her under the blazing Afghan sun to die. She was the nineteenth child of twenty-three in a family with seven wives, and her mother did not want another daughter. Despite severe burns that lasted into her teenage years, Fawzia survived and became the favourite child.

InLetters to My Daughters, Fawzia tells her remarkable life story. Fawzia’s father was an incorruptible politician strongly attached to Afghan tradition. When he was murdered by the mujahedeen, Fawzia’s illiterate mother decided to send the ten-year-old girl to school, and as the civil war raged, Fawzia dodged bullets and snipers to attend class, determined to be the first person in her family to receive an education.

She went on to marry a man she loved, and they had two cherished daughters, Shohra and Shaharzad. Tragically, the arrival of the Taliban spelled an end to her freedom. Outraged and deeply saddened by the injustice she saw around her, and by the tainting of her Islamic faith, Fawzia discovered politics herself.

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Review: Letters to my Daughters

User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

What an enjoyable read! Heartfelt, touching and informative. Fawzia is truly the epitome of a 'strong woman'. Totally recommend this book to anyone who would like some insight into a woman growing up and living in Afghanistan before and after the Taliban came to power. Read full review

Review: Letters to my Daughters

User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

This inspiring story gives a personal, first-hand perspective of the troubling years of Afghanistan's war with Russia, subsequent civil war, and then the Taliban years. Fawzia Koofi, now one of the ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Fawzia Koofiis a member of parliament in Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province. Prior to this she worked with UNICEF and various NGOs as a women’s and children’s advocate. In 2009 she was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She will run as a presidential candidate in 2014. She is writing the book with Nadene Ghouri, an award-winning BBC journalist and former Al Jazeera reporter who specializes in the Middle East.

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