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Betrayed : escape from Iraq
Ali, Latifa.
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Sydney : New Holland, [2009]

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256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, plates ; 25 cm
True story by a young Kurdish woman who is raised in Australia after her family fled Iraq. However, her life changes dramatically when she is forced first to move with her mother to Germany, and further when her father returns to Iraq and a more traditional Islam. In Germany, Latifa refuses to marry the Kurdish man who secretly raped her, so her mother tricks Latifa into returning to Iraq and abandons her by leaving her in the care of her father without passport or any way to contact the world outside her father's home. Her father and his family beat her and threaten her with death if she does not comply with his rules or brings dishonor on the family in any way. Allowed to do some work under the supervision of her aunts, Latifa tries desperately to escape her father's control and return to Australia, even resorting to working as a spy and consorting with a UN official in hopes of earning her freedom.
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