My Forbidden Face : Growing Up Under the Taliban - A Young Woman's Story
My Forbidden Face Growing Up Under the Taliban A Young Woman's Story Author:Latifa Born into a middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980, Latifa spent her early teenage days talking fashion and movies with her friends, listening to music, and dreaming of becoming a journalist.Then, on September 26, 1996, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabul. Suddenly, streets were deserted. Her school was closed. Phones were cut. The radio... more » fell silent. And from that moment, Latifa, just sixteen years old, became a prisoner in her own home. The simplest and most basic freedomslike walking down the street alone or even looking out of a windowwere forbidden.Latifa had never worn a veil before, but was now forced to put on a chadri, the state-mandated uniform that covered her entire body. Disbelief at having to hide herself was soon replaced by fear, the fear of being whipped or stoned like the other women shed seen in the streets. My Forbidden Face provides a moving and highly personal account of life under the Taliban regime. With painful honesty and clarity, Latifa describes her ordered world falling apart, in the name of a fanaticism that she could not comprehend, and replaced by a world where terror and oppression reign. In May 2001, Latifa and her parents escaped Afghanistan and were brought to Europe in an operation organized by a French-based Afghan resistance group and French Elle. Since then she has been writing My Forbidden Face in collaboration with Chekeba Hachemi, the founder of Afghanistan Libre. They both live in Paris.« less
unbelievable, going from starting to study at the university, to beeing affraid to go outside. Women were nothing during that time, not allowed to learn, study, work, not able to read books, watching TV, listening to music, taking photographs, wearing make up, confinded 24 hours inside the house out of fear they wear something wrong, do something wrong and be beaten in result of that. Not able to get medical care for women at all. Helpless, depression and a fight of making something out of their situation by helping younger kids to learn in their home so they have somewhat of an education. Terrible to read of families who had no male in the family and how they survived, since nobody is allowed to go outside without a male present. You will get a little inside into the underground world and how they were holding up.
Readers who want to know what life was really like when the Taliban ruled Kabul should turn off CNN and read this book. Latifa (who writes under a pseudonym) was a 16-year-old aspiring journalist when her brother rushed home one day in late 1996 with word that the white flag of the Taliban flew over their school and mosque. She writes, "We knew the Taliban were not far away... but no one truly believed they would manage to enter Kabul." The bizarre edicts of the women-suppressing regime slowly become a reality: women weren't allowed outside the home unless they were shrouded in a "chadri" (which covers the face and arms, unlike a burka, which covers the entire body and according to Latifa is worn only in distant provinces) and accompanied by a male relative. "A girl is not allowed to converse with a young man. Infraction of this law will lead to the immediate marriage of the offenders." No wearing of bright colors or lipstick; no medical care from a male doctor. And women doctors were not allowed to work, essentially cutting off medical care for women. Latifa's story puts a face on these now-familiar rules, and conveys the sheer boredom of the lively teenager-turned-hermit and the desperation of not knowing if she'll ever complete her education in such an upside-down world
This is a good book to read. The book was written in 2001 by a young woman who grew up in Afghanistan. She tells of the constant state of war and how bad things got when the Taliban took over. It is extremely sad to see anyone living the way this young woman and her family did. She knew nothing her entire life but fighting, literally. It took a horrible toll on her and her family, however, the Taliban was the straw that broke the camel's back. The state of constant fear these people were forced to live in, espeically the women, is amazing. This young woman is very brave to have written this story and hopefully the world will listen to its message.
Latifa says: "This book records past and recent events experienced by my family in my country, Afghanistan. I hope it will serve as a key to other women, those whose words are locked away, those who have hidden what they have witnessed in their hearts and in their memories. I dedicate it to all the Afghan girls and women who have kept their dignity until their last breath. To all those, deprived of their rights in their own country, who live in darkness even after the dawn of the twenty-first century. To all those women excecuted in public before the eyes of their children and loved ones, without pity, or justice. I offer it also to my mother, who has helped me every moment by giving me lessons in freedom and resistence."
Fascinating story of a young girls life before and after the Taliban took over Kabul. A sad story on how life changed so drastically for this family. Hard to believe people have to live under such violent inhumane conditions. Very good read if you want to know how the Afghan people are really living, and how lucky we are to live where we do.