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My Forbidden Face - Growing up under the Taliban: A young woman's story
by Latifa
Softcover, 180 pages. 2002 Good condition

"A poignant story of a young woman's life under the Taliban.

Latifa was born in Kabul in 1980 into an educated middle-class Afghan family, at once liberal and religious. As a teenager, she was interested in fashion and cinema and going out with her friends, and she longed to become a journalist. Her mother, a doctor, and her father, a businessman, encouraged her dreams.

Then in 1996, the Taliban seized power. From that moment Latifa, sixteen 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 of a window - were no longer hers. She was now forced to cover herself entirely with a burqa.

With painful honesty and clarity, Latifa describes the way her world fell apart in the name of a fanatical interpretation of a faith. Her story goes to the heart of a people caught up in a terrible tragedy in a brutalised country. But Latifa is determined to survive - and live in freedom and hope."

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