Love & War in Afghanistan

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - History - 304 pages
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Love and War in Afghanistan presents true stories of fourteen ordinary men and women living in Northern Afghanistan. In a quarter-century of uninterrupted war, the people of Afghanistan have endured foreign invasions, ethnic strife, a fundamentalist Islamic totalitarian regime, and the unending crossfire of rival warlord factions. The country remains an object of fascination for journalists, academics, and filmmakers from around the world. In the midst of it all it is a startlingly powerful experience to discover, here, the voices of the Afghan people themselves.
Young lovers who elope against the wishes of their kin; a mullah whose wit is his only defense against his armed captors; a defector from the Soviet army; a woman who is forced to stand up to gangsters in Tajikistan—their dramatic stories emerge in their own unforgettable words. Whether in the sudden awakening of mercy in a Taliban militiaman, the lingering contempt of a woman for her husband’s first wife, the pain and confusion of flight into exile, or the resourcefulness of a child who must provide for an entire family, the real focus of these narratives is the strength of solitary individuals faced daily with their own vulnerability.
Men, women, orphans, widows, widowers, Tajiks, Pashtuns, Uzbeks, Turkmens, schoolteachers, mullahs, former Taliban, mujahideen, big brothers, little sisters, captive wives, lovers in flight: Love and War in Afghanistan tells their stories, putting human faces onto a country torn by war.

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In this fascinating book, the authors, who have been involved with various nongovernmental aid organizations in Afghanistan, present the stories of 14 ordinary people living in the region today. Their ... Read full review

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I've read many books on Afghanistan and this book stands out because of the different kinds of people interviewed. There were those who supported the communists and others who supported the mujahidin ... Read full review



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ALEX KLAITS has worked for several international aid organizations in northeastern Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Washington, DC. GULCHIN GULMAMADOVA-KLAITS holds a BA in economics from a university in Dushanbe, Tajikistan although her studies were interrupted when she fled her hometown to escape the country’s civil war.

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