My Forbidden Face

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Little, Brown Book Group, Sep 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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Latifa was born into an educated middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980. She dreamed of one day of becoming a journalist, she was interested in fashion, movies and friends. Her father was in the import/export business and her mother was a doctor.
Then in September 1996, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabul. From that moment, Latifa, just 16 years old became a prisoner in her own home. Her school was closed. Her mother was banned from working. The simplest and most basic freedoms - walking down the street, looking out a window - were no longer hers. She was now forced to wear a chadri.
My Forbidden Face provides a poignant and highly personal account of life under the Taliban regime. With painful honesty and clarity Latifa describes the way she watched her world falling apart, in the name of a fanatical interpretation of a faith that she could not comprehend. Her voice captures a lost innocence, but also echoes her determination to live in freedom and hope.
Earlier this year, Latifa and her parents escaped Afghanistan with the help of a French-based Afghan resistance group.

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User Review  - Nataliec7 - LibraryThing

I didn't know what to think of this book before I read it. I picked it up in Hong Kong as it looked interesting and informative. All in all, it was indeed informational and interesting. I liked the ... Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

I am coming to realize that all the books I've read about and by the women of Afghanistan have been by upper middle class girls/women. They are literate, despite the efforts of the Taliban to remove ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

In May 2001, Latifa & her parents escaped Afghanistan & were brought to Europe in an operation organized by a French-based Afghan resistance group & Elle Magazine. She speaks Persian and is learning English and French. Latifa is not her real name.

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