Thursday, August 03, 2006


My Forbidden Face
by: Latifa

Latifa was a 16 year old in 1996, her life revolved around school, friends, parties, and movies. She was an aspiring journalist, and then the Taliban enter Kabul. Now Latifa is forced to wear a "chadri" ( a garment that covers the face and arms) and is only allowed outside her house when she is accompanied by a male relative. She can not go to school, wear bright colors, or receive medical attention if she is sick, she is basically under house arrested for simply being female.

Latifa takes us through close to five years of her life, under the Taliban regime. Eventually, she and her family escaped to France with help of French Elle.

This is a great book for people who are interested in the daily lives of women under the Taliban and women's rights.


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