She could be the girl on the National Geographic cover. Before the Taliban takeover, Latifa‘s life revolved around school, friends, parties, and movies. Suddenly, she was confined to her apartment, unable to venture out uncovered by the hated burka. She and her family were spared the horrific fates of some of Kabul’s residents but, in the end, lost nearly everything but their lives. With her exotic voice and exquisite diction, Brychta is Latifa. You won’t doubt for a moment her fear, boredom, shock, or sorrow. What comes through most clearly is her indignation at the treatment of women and the fact that most of the world ignored it. Her relief at escape to Pakistan, and a single drink of fresh water, is palpable. She is safe now, in Paris, but her story, like the eyes of the cover girl, will haunt you.
A thought-provoking memoir. A difficult life that Latifa and her family must endured under the Taliban rules. The Taliban who imposed such rigid rules, who did not value life at all. They used religion amunation to surpresed people for their own importance. They are gone now and hope the new government will make Afghanistan a prosperous country. Where freedom thrives. The translations was good, I am very impressed.