In the vein of Infidel comes this spellbinding memoir of survival and courage from Afghanistan's most popular female politician.
On the day Fawzia Koofi was born, her mother set her under the blazing Afghanistan sun to die. The nineteenth child of twenty-three in a family with seven wives, her mother did not want another daughter. Despite severe burns that lasted into her teenage years, Koofi survived and became the favourite child.
In Letters to My Daughters, Koofi tells her remarkable life story, one marked by a fierce passion to better the world around her. Koofi's father was an incorruptible politician strongly attached to Afghan tradition. When he was murdered by the mujahideen, her illiterate mother decided to send the ten-year-old girl to school, and as the civil war raged, Koofi dodged bullets and snipers to attend class, determined to be the first person in her family to receive an education.
Koofi went on to marry a man she loved and they had two cherished daughters, Shohra and Shaharzad. Tragically, the arrival of the Taliban spelled an end to her freedom. Outraged and deeply saddened by the injustice she saw around her, and by the tainting of her Islamic faith, she discovered politics herself.
Koofi opens each chapter with a letter she has written to her two daughters in which she passes on her wisdom about justice and dignity, not knowing whether she will survive to see them again. In writing Letters to My Daughters, Koofi has created a fresh take on Afghanistan society and Islam, and a gripping account of a life lived under the most harrowing of circumstances.
Nadene Ghouri is a multi-award winning journalist specialising in human interest and human rights issues. She is a former correspondent of both the BBC and Al Jazeera English and today is a freelance broadcaster and reporter working for BBC current affairs and leading publications including The Guardian and Mail on Sunday. She is the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers The Favoured Daughter about the life of Afghan human rights activist Fawzia Koofi and Born Into The Children of God with cult survivor Natacha Tormey. The Lightless Sky was named as one of the ‘buzz books’...
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