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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan (English Edition)
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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Suraya Sadeed , Damien Lewis

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From her first humanitarian visit to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been personally delivering relief and hope to Afghan orphans and refugees, to women and girls in inhuman situations deemed too dangerous for other aid workers or for journalists. Her memoir of these missions, Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, is as unconventional as the woman who has lived it. This is no humanitarian missive; it is an adventure story with heart.

To help the Afghan people, Suraya has flown in a helicopter piloted by a man who was stoned beyond reason. She has traveled through mountain passes on horseback alongside mules, teenage militiamen, and Afghan leaders. She has stared defiantly into the eyes of members of the Taliban and of the Mujahideen who were determined to slow or stop her. She has hidden and carried $100,000 in aid, strapped to her stomach, into ruined villages. She has built clinics. She has created secret schools for Afghan girls. She has dedicated the second half of her life to the education and welfare of Afghan women and children, founding the organization Help the Afghan Children (HTAC) to fund her efforts.

Suraya was born the daughter of the governor of Kabul amid grand walls, beautiful gardens, and peace. In the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, she fled to the United States with her husband, their young daughter, their I-94 papers, and little else. In America, she became the workaholic owner of a prosperous real estate company, enjoying all the worldly comforts anyone could want, but when a personal tragedy struck in the early 1990s, Suraya seriously questioned how she was living and soon sharply changed the direction of her life.

Now, in Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, she shares her story of passion, courage, and love, painting a complex portrait of Afghanistan, its people, and its foreign visitors that defies every stereotype and invites us all to contribute to the lives of others and to hope.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 13979 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Editeur : Hyperion (21 juin 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Forbidden Lesson in a Kabul Guesthouse: a gem 25 juin 2011
Par Frances Connell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Suraya Sadeed always does the impossible, in her feisty but gracious, focused but generous way. Through the non-profit agency she founded, Help the Afghan Children, she braved otherwise insurmountable financial, transportation, communication, military and cultural barriers to bring humanitarian aid to Afghan refugee and Afghanistan's most desperate people in the post-Soviet withdrawal, during the blood-letting mujahadeen civil wars when the rest of the world had largely forgotten her ancient war-torn homeland. She established secret schools and clinics for girls and women under the long-noses of the largely misogynistic and ignorant Taliban rulers; and carried in thousands of dollars to deliver via horseback, mule-train, rusty helicopter and foot to remote northwest provinces decimated by earthquakes. She brought food and fuel to thousands displaced from their homes and squeezed into a narrow zone between Taliban and Northern Aliance fighters, as the U.S. forces bombed from above and other aid agencies fled. She initiated national model schools, curricula and teacher-training; and painstakingly assembled community support and involvement to build state-of-the art schools across Afghanistan where children are benefiting from a rich curriculum, as well as classes in computers, environmental studies, and peace and conflict resolution.

Equally unfazed by an audience with the late king of Afghanistan, a luncheon with former President G.W. Bush, or a confrontation with a Kalashnikov-toting Talib on an eerie glass-shattered Kabul hotel balcony, Sadeed never loses sight of what is real. She tells us about the most vulnerable --the prematurely-aged mothers scrambling to keep alive a child, the orphans warehoused to Dickensian institutions, the bloody-footed internally displaced and refugee families camped in the ruins of Kabul's old Russian neighborhood, or baking on a waterless Afghan plain or in a Pakistani camp. Yet over and over she also manges to lead us to the side of the most hopeful-- the individuals with whom and for whom she works--an Afghan doctor or teacher eagerly starting a clinic or initiate a school, an elfin elder sharing his last handful of nuts and berries to energize her through the day, an exiled Afghan-American widow offering $15 to HTAC's work to memorialize her lost sons; a young student affirming her desire to study medicine and help her people. For, throughout, Sadeed acts on behalf of the principal "bearers of the future," Afghanistan's children, and especially the Afghan girls everywhere who are so thirsty to learn.

Sadeed's book, like her person, does the impossible. For she spins out her story with a a poet's heart, an open and keen eye, and an intense intelligence. She propels us directly into the tents and shelters, onto the arms and shoulders, of the Afghan people themselves, in whose land she finds a unique hospitality and profound physical beauty.

Even if you do not have the time or interest to read any other book about Afghanistan, make time to read Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse. You will be inspired by its passion and message; entertained by Sadeed's genuine, gutsy and wise voice; bewitched by its skillfully-woven narrative, gut-wrenching descriptions and tongue-in-cheek understatement; and humanized by its mitigating humor and authentic tears.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse 5 septembre 2011
Par Sheri Newton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse by Suraya Sadeed is an inspiring story about how much life can change, and what we can do about it to help. The author shares her unforgettable story about the Afghan people, and in doing so, really shakes up what you probably once thought about the people there.

This is the kind of book that will keep you reading it until you finish it. Be prepared to have that kind of time when you start, because you won't want to stop reading this once you get started.

Suraya Sadeed does an amazing job with telling her story about being an Afghan refugee, and then coming back to the country to find how much things have changed for the people she once knew there. Most Americans don't get such a look into the lives of the people in Afghanistan, especially how the women there are treated. This book will change your views on people there, and give you much to think about your own life as well.

It is an inspiring tale that really shows just how strong this woman (and others like her) is that can go in and help make positive changes in the world. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

* Thank you to the publisher of Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, Voice, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best seller 26 juin 2011
Par gail - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I LOVED THE BOOK and savored every page. It is fascinating, inspiring, spiritual---I could go on and on. She is amazing. I think it will be a best seller and a movie!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly inspirational 6 avril 2013
Par Melissa S - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book tells a different story than what Americans usually hear from the middle east. The lives torn apart by war and the dimming futures for an uneducated generation will inspire you to help their cause and think differently about Afghanistan.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This was an inspirational read! 14 juillet 2012
Par Jean MacDonald - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read many books about personal stories of people in Afghanistan but this one was special. I was really impressed with her "just go for it" spirit. She is in the combined world of understanding her homeland and appreciating her life here in America. I was very moved with her reaction following 9/11 and am totally impressed with her commitment to improving the conditions of the people who are truly the victims. She is bringing awareness to an area that deserves our attention. Great read!
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