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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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DS79.66.A45 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the true story of Latifa Ali, betrayed by her family and friends and kept as a prisoner byher father in Iraq. She has no allies, no liberty as a Muslim woman and no access to theAustralian Consulate.As the war on terror rages around her, Latifa is at war with her culture and customs.Imprisoned, abused and violated, her efforts to escape Iraq fail and her death looms closer.She grew up wearing bikinis on an Australian beach, but was forced into full Muslim dress.Working as a spy, consorting with the UN and racing for the border, Latifa knows that the onlyway to save her life is to keep her secret and make an escape.A harrowing story of independence and perseverance. Find out why she still lives in fear for her life.The story: Latifa was born in Iraq but her family moved to Australia to escape after the realthreat of being hunted and killed by Sadam Husein.

Author Notes

Richard Shears is the South-East Asian correspondent for London's Daily Mail newspaper. He has covered wars and stories around the world for more than 40 years and written several books on crime.