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  • Published: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409029144
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Dear Zari

Hidden Stories from Women of Afghanistan




True stories from women in Afghanistan, giving voice to these women for the first time and allowing them to tell their stories in their own words...

Moving, enlightening, heart-breaking - Dear Zari gives voice to the secret lives of women across Afghanistan and allows them to tell their stories in their own words: from the child bride given as payment to end a family feud; to a life spent in a dark, dusty room weaving carpets; to a young girl being brought up as a boy; to life as a widow shunned by society. Intimate, emotional, often painful but at times uplifting, these thirteen stories uncover how the customs of this deeply religious and intensely traditional society can cause real suffering for many women.

'Dear Zari' is Zarghuna Kargar, an Afghan woman now living in London, with an incredible story of her own; growing up in war-torn Kabul, she and her family fled to Pakistan shortly before the Taliban took power, and in 2001 Zarghuna moved to the UK to begin a new life. Presenting the BBC World Service programme Afghan Women's Hour, Zarghuna was part of a profoundly influential project that gave support, education and encouragement to millions of women and men across Afghanistan. For several years Afghan Women's Hour aired discussions, covering difficult - often taboo - subjects, and Zarghuna heard from hundreds of women eager to share their stories. It is these life stories which have inspired her to write this book. She is a brave and compassionate advocate for these women, and gives hope and reassurance to so many by bringing their experiences into the light for the first time.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409029144
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Zarghuna Kargar

Zarghuna Kargar was born in Kabul in 1982. When civil war erupted across Afghanistan, she and her family escaped to Pakistan, and it was there that Zarghuna attended a journalism course organised by the BBC. Then in 2001 her family sought asylum in the UK, and she started working for the BBC World Service Pashtu Section. She joined the team on the groundbreaking programme Afghan Woman's Hour as producer and presenter in 2004, until it was discontinued in 2010. Zarghuna now works on current affairs programmes for the BBC Afghan Service. She lives in London.

Naomi Goldsmith worked on Dear Zari with Zarghuna. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported and presented for the BBC. She met Zarghuna in Afghanistan, where they both trained local women to make radio programmes.


Praise for Dear Zari

“A powerful collection of testimonies that depict the struggles and hopes of Afghan women.An often emotional and at times painful read, this book is ultimately a poignant celebration of human resilience under unimaginable duress.”

Khaled Hosseini

“I am deeply touched by these stories... Dear Zari should be read by anyone who cares and wants to know about Asia and Asian women.”

Xinran


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