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A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice

A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice
Malalai Joya with Derrick O'Keefe
Scribner Book Company
Publish date: 2009-09-20
$25.00
143910946X
Hardcover

Review:

A native of Afghanistan's Farah Province, Joya was raised in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan, returning to her home after the fall of the Taliban. She became an outspoken critic of the warlords who seized power with the help of US and coalition forces, and at 27 was the youngest person to be elected to the initial Parliament in 2005. Two years later, having refused to relent in her quest to name the offenses and duplicities of those in power, she was illegally suspended from participating in government. Malalai Joya is a nom de guerre she uses to protect her relatives; she has survived numerous assassination attempts by having no fixed residence but traveling almost daily to a new safe house surrounded by loyal bodyguards.

Joya tells the story of her path to this commitment, the plight of women under the fundamentalist regime, and the aspirations of ordinary people in Afghanistan, with an earnestness which is sometimes painful. But she documents in detail those she believes to be guilty of atrocities, naming among them even some with which Mortenson had to negotiate. Hers is a passionate view of an on-the-ground side of Afghan life which is seldom, if ever, seen in the news.

   
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