Book Review: Behind the Burqa

June 27, 2010 at 9:06 am 1 comment

behind the burqaDaring escapes.  Desperate gun battles.  Devious double-crosses.  You could be forgiven for mistaking Behind the Burqa  for the script from an action thriller movie!  The difference is that the two audacious, courageous women referred to as “Sulima” and “Hala” actually lived these adventures – and their destiny was not assured to be a Hollywood happy ending.  The tale of Sulima and Hala’s lives brings into sharp detail the nearly incomprehensible repression and violence that many women have faced – both living in and escaping from Afghanistan.  But it is also a tale of love, hope, compassion, and persistence against all odds.  Most of all, Behind the Burqa inspires.  Whether you’re bold and brazen like Sulima, or, like gentle Hala, simply unwilling to give up, their stories will call you to action.  It’s a must-read.

Here’s a place to start.  If, like me, you’re appalled by the way Hala was treated by U.S. Immigration, check out the Tahirih Justice Center.  Tahirih provides pro bono legal, educational, and other services to immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence.

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