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Title:
The favored daughter : one woman's fight to lead Afghanistan into the future
Author:
Koofi, Fawzia, 1975-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Lettres à mes filles. English
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Physical Description:
vi, 266 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, the author was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose above her fate to becoming the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip, letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and for all the women of Afghanistan. Today, she is one of the most outspoken critics of human rights violations against Afghani women and children and uses her influence to bring global attention to the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, even as a frustrated American military considers relinquishing it to the Taliban. Her story movingly captures the political and cultural moment in Afghanistan, a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitterness of history. -- Provided by publisher.
General Note:
First published in France as Lettres à mes filles.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Stories of old -- Just a girl -- A terrible loss -- Running -- A village girl again -- When justice dies -- The war within -- Losing her -- One ordinary Thursday -- Retreat to the north -- Everything turns white -- A Taliban wedding -- An end before a beginning -- The darkness pervades -- Back to where I began -- A daughter for a daughter -- The darkness lifts -- A new purpose -- A movement for change -- A dream for a war-torn nation -- A historical timeline of Afghanistan.
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Added Author:
ISBN:
9780230120679
Format :
Book