Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a by Suraya Sadeed

By Suraya Sadeed

“A relocating message.”—Kirkus “[A]n soaking up memoir.”—Booklist “[A] good plotted, fluid narrative.”—Publishers Weekly "For years, Suraya Sadeed has labored tirelessly to aid the folks of her war-scarred native land. This superb memoir is the tale of her struggles, her sacrifices, and her hopes. it's the relocating lifestyles tale of a impressive lady who has conquer own tragedy and has made it her single-minded challenge to carry desire, aid, and a degree of happiness to the brutalized girls and kids of Afghanistan." --Khaled Hosseini, writer of The Kite Runner "I learn this e-book in a single gulp. i could not placed it down. Suraya Sadeed is an grand girl who has performed what few others have dared, or cared sufficient, to do. Her lifestyles is inspiring, and so is her existence stor--this riveting, clear-eyed book." --Mir Tamim Ansary, writer of West of Kabul, East of recent York “Wisecracking underneath her burka, [Sadeed] talks her approach into terrible refugee camps, creates a hospital for girls (they needs to skulk in via a mystery door) and illegally begins a women’ institution in a windowless basement. This former businesswoman became full-time activist lives what she fervently believes: that schooling is extra strong than ‘the bullet and the bomb.’” --More “�an event tale with center that tells Sadeed’s (the founding father of the charity support the Afghan young children) inspiring struggle to carry reduction, schooling, and peace education to Afghan citizens.” --East Bay show From her first humanitarian stopover at to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been individually providing aid and desire to Afghan orphans and refugees, to ladies and ladies in inhuman occasions deemed too harmful for different reduction employees or for reporters. Her memoir of those missions, Forbidden classes in a Kabul Guesthouse, is as unconventional because the lady who has lived it. this is often no humanitarian missive; it truly is an event tale with middle. to assist the Afghan humans, Suraya has flown in a helicopter piloted by way of a guy who was once stoned past cause. She has traveled via mountain passes on horseback along mules, teenage militiamen, and Afghan leaders. She has stared defiantly into the eyes of individuals of the Taliban and of the Mujahideen who have been decided to gradual or cease her. She has hidden and carried $100,000 in reduction, strapped to her belly, into ruined villages. She has outfitted clinics. She has created mystery faculties for Afghan ladies. She has committed the second one 1/2 her lifestyles to the schooling and welfare of Afghan girls and kids, founding the association aid the Afghan young ones (HTAC) to fund her efforts. Suraya used to be born the daughter of the governor of Kabul amid grand partitions, appealing gardens, and peace. within the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, she fled to the USA along with her husband, their younger daughter, their I-94 papers, and little else. In the USA, she turned the workaholic proprietor of a filthy rich genuine property corporation, having fun with all of the worldly comforts someone may possibly wish, but if a private tragedy struck within the early Nineteen Nineties, Suraya heavily puzzled how she was once residing and shortly sharply replaced the path of her lifestyles.

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Not there. College. ” College? Only the wealthiest, smartest students had ended up going to Kabul University. I couldn’t fathom how anyone from there could possibly have ended up here. With their fine educations most Kabul University graduates had left Afghanistan and were doing well overseas. Images from my college days spooled through my mind. As each figure flashed before me I wondered, could it possibly be her? I settled upon Parwin. There were days when Parwin hadn’t made it to class because her cruel stepmother had beaten her so badly.

While thousands of women remained trapped in this wreck of a city with zero access to medical aid, the Taliban bigwigs sat back and took care of their own. At the clinic I met a women patient called Masouma. We got to talking, and she asked me where I was from. “America,” I told her. ” “You know, there’s another American woman working here in Kabul,” Masouma remarked. I thought I must have misheard her. Surely no foreigners had remained in Afghanistan during the Mujahideen years or under the Taliban.

We racked our brains for a name: Feed the Children; Help the Children; Care for the Children. The morning after the dinner, I telephoned the Virginia State Corporation Commission, which registers charity names. They checked the not-for-profit register, but all the names we had thought of were taken. Yet if we inserted the word Afghan they were all free. We chose Help the Afghan Children, for it said exactly what we wanted. In the next weeks I threw myself into starting the charity with the same obsessive energy that I had applied to my real estate business.

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