* Poignant first-hand account of life for a young Afghani woman under the Taliban* Like Desert Flower, this simple human story is a powerful way to tell readers around the world of the plight of a people, and this book couldn't be more timely
Latifa was born into an educated middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980. She dreamed of one day of becoming a journalist, she was interested in fashion, movies and friends. Her father was in the import/export business and her mother was a doctor.
Then in September 1996, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabul. From that moment, Latifa, just 16 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 a window - were no longer hers. She was now forced to wear a chadri.
My Forbidden Face provides a poignant and highly personal account of life under the Taliban regime. With painful honesty and clarity Latifa describes the way she watched her world falling apart, in the name of a fanatical interpretation of a faith that she could not comprehend. Her voice captures a lost innocence, but also echoes her determination to live in freedom and hope.
Earlier this year, Latifa and her parents escaped Afghanistan with the help of a French-based Afghan resistance group.
Her descriptions of watching videos in secret, listening to the radio in terror lest she be caught and hovering on the edge of a black hole of depression during what should have been the liveliest years of her life give a very human face to the known facts of how the most repressive government on the planet operated. - IRISH INDEPENDENT
A salutary read for any Western woman, and one that makes you appreciate the freedoms we often take for granted. - GLAMOUR
A poweful and poetic account of life under the Taliban. - DAILY TELEGRAPH
This thoughtful and affecting account...questions the complacency of Western feminism which has forgotten the many women across the world who still have nothing. - DAILY MAIL