Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan

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Harper Collins, Nov 8, 2011 - History - 368 pages
Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing and deeply personal explorationof Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corruptofficials to warlords and child brides and beyond. KhaledHosseini, author of The Kite Runner and AThousand Splendid Suns calls Opium Nation “an insightful andinformative look at the global challenge of Afghan drug trade. Fariba Nawa weaves her personalstory of reconnecting with her homeland after 9/11 with a very engagingnarrative that chronicles Afghanistan’s dangerous descent into opiumtrafficking…and most revealingly, how the drug trade has damaged the lives ofordinary Afghan people.” Readers of Gayle Lemmon Tzemach’sThe Dressmaker of Khair Khanaand Rory Stewart’s The Places Between will find Nawa’spersonal, piercing, journalistic tale to be an indispensable addition to thecultural criticism covering this dire global crisis.

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OPIUM NATION: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

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This fusion of memoir and international reportage paints a disturbing picture of present-day Afghanistan as a tribal narco-state.Journalist Nawa fled the country with her family as a young girl during ... Read full review


Chapter Two Four Decades of Unrest
Chapter Three A Struggle for Coherency
Chapter Five Meeting Darya
Chapter Seven The Opium Bride
Chapter Nine Where the Poppies Bloom
Chapter Eleven My Mothers Kabul
Chapter Thirteen Adventures in Karte Parwan
Chapter Fifteen Uprisings Against Warlords
Chapter Seventeen In Search of Darya
Chapter Nineteen Letting

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Fariba Nawa has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), Newsday, and the Village Voice. She has been a guest on CBS’s 48 Hours as well as numerous other television and radio shows on NPR, the BBC, MTV, and NBC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

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