My Forbidden Face by Latifa | Books | The GuardianSomeone knocks violently at the front door. The entire family jumps. We've been in a nervous state since dawn. My father walks hastily out of the room. My anxious mother follows him with her eyes. Her features are drawn in fatigue. She hasn't slept all night.
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My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story
Poignant first-hand account of life for a young Afghani woman under the TalibanLatifa was born into an educated middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in She dreamed of one day becoming a journalist and was interested in fashion, movies and friends. Then in September , Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabul. Her school was closed and from that moment she became a prisoner in her own home at just Latifa was now forced to wear a chadri and struggled against an overwhelming sense of helplessness and despair. In a step of defiance, she set up a clandestine school in her home for a small number of young girls.
Read "My Forbidden Face" by Latifa available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. Latifa was born into an educated.
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Latifa, the pseudonym used by author to prevent any reprisal for writing her experiences, was born in in Russian occupied Afghanistan, to an affluent family living in Kabul. Her mother was Tajik while her father was of Pashtun origin. They lived in an elite area of Kabul where many other government dignitaries lived as well. She had two brothers Daoud and Wahid. Wahid served time in Afghan army under the aegis of Russian presence. Daoud, the younger brother went to attend Kabul University.
Can't see the preview? Click here! How to print the digital edition of Books for Keeps: click on this PDF file link - click on the printer icon in the top right of the screen to print. Now a young Afghani woman, Latifa, has published a memoir of her experiences as a teenager and twenty-year-old in that war-torn country, the first from the point of view of a Muslim woman. Shereen Pandit assesses her account. My Forbidden Face is the story of a young Muslim woman who is on the threshold of adulthood when the Taliban comes to power in her native Afghanistan. Latifa, born a year after the intervention of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, has lived all her life in a country at war, a guerrilla war against the Communist government and its Soviet Allies, followed by a civil war amongst those who opposed that regime, followed by a war of the Taliban, victors of the civil war, against its own people.