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Zoya's story : an Afghan woman's struggle for freedom

Author: Zoya.; John Follain; Rita Cristofari
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Zoya's Story is a young woman's searing account of her clandestine war of resistance against the Taliban and religious fanaticism at the risk of her own life. [This story shows] a powerful testament to the ongoing battle to claim human rights for the women of Afghanistan. Though she is only twenty-three, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people do in a lifetime. Zoya grew up during the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Zoya.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zoya.; John Follain; Rita Cristofari
ISBN: 0060097825 9780060097820
OCLC Number: 49408057
Description: 239 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. A present from Russia --
pt. 2. The bleeding wound --
pt. 3. A new name for freedom --
pt. 4. The silent city --
pt. 5. A camp in the desert --
pt. 6. Beyond the veil.
Responsibility: Zoya with John Follain and Rita Cristofari.
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Zoya's Story is a young woman's searing account of her clandestine war of resistance against the Taliban and religious fanaticism at the risk of her own life. [This story shows] a powerful testament to the ongoing battle to claim human rights for the women of Afghanistan. Though she is only twenty-three, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people do in a lifetime. Zoya grew up during the wars that ravaged Afghanistan and was robbed of her mother and father when they were murdered by Muslim fundamentalists. Devastated by so much death and destruction, she fled Kabul with her grandmother and started a new life in exile in Pakistan. She joined the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, which challenged the crushing edicts of the Taliban government, and she made dangerous journeys back to her homeland to help the women oppressed by a system that forced them to wear the stifling burqa, condoned public stoning or whipping if they ventured out without a male chaperon, and forbade them from working. Zoya is our guide, our witness to the horrors perpetrated by the Taliban and the Mujahideen "holy warriors" who had defeated the Russian occupiers. She helped to secretly film a public cutting of hands in a Kabul stadium and to organize covert literacy classes, as schooling-branded a "gateway to Hell"--Was forbidden to girls. At an Afghan refugee camp she heard tales of heartrending suffering and worked to provide a future for families who had lost everything. The spotlight focused on Afghanistan after the New York and Washington terrorist attacks highlights the conditions of repression and fear in which Afghan women live and makes Zoya's Story utterly compelling. This is a memoir that speaks louder than the images of devastation and outrage; it is a moving message of optimism as Zoya struggles to bring the plight of Afghan women to the world's attention.-Dust jacket.

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