Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan

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Henry Holt and Company, Mar 6, 2007 - Social Science - 336 pages

A sharp and arresting people's-eye view of real life in Afghanistan after the Taliban

Soon after the bombing of Kabul ceased, award-winning journalist and women's rights activist Ann Jones set out for the shattered city, determined to bring help where her country had brought destruction.
Here is her trenchant report from inside a city struggling to rise from the ruins. Working among the multitude of impoverished war widows, retraining Kabul's long-silenced English teachers, and investigating the city's prison for women, Jones enters a large community of female outcasts: runaway child brides, pariah prostitutes, cast-off wives, victims of rape. In the streets and markets, she hears the Afghan view of the supposed benefits brought by the fall of the Taliban, and learns that regarding women as less than human is the norm, not the aberration of one conspicuously repressive regime. Jones confronts the ways in which Afghan education, culture, and politics have repeatedly been hijacked—by Communists, Islamic fundamentalists, and the Western free marketeers—always with disastrous results. And she reveals, through small events, the big disjunctions: between U.S promises and performance, between the new "democracy" and the still-entrenched warlords, between what's boasted of and what is.
At once angry, profound, and starkly beautiful, Kabul in Winter brings alive the people and day-to-day life of a place whose future depends so much upon our own.

 

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I've developed sort of an irrational fascination with (very) modern Afghanistan and the Taliban, so I've read a fair amount about the country (though am by no means a scholar!). This is by far the ... Read full review

KABUL IN WINTER: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan

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A writer who has focused on violence against women travels to Afghanistan after the American-led invasion and finds plenty to write about.Shaken by the Sept. 11 attacks and the "strut and bluster" of ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
IN THE PRISONS
IN THE SCHOOLS
ALSO BYANN JONES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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Ann Jones, writer and photographer, is the author of seven previous books, including War Is Not Over When It's Over, Kabul in Winter, Women Who Kill, and Next Time She'll Be Dead. Since 9/11, Jones has worked with women in conflict and post-conflict zones, principally Afghanistan, and reported on their concerns. An authority on violence against women, she has served as a gender adviser to the United Nations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Nation.

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