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- ASIN : B009XIL5FY
- Publisher : Indigo Dreams Publishing (October 25, 2012)
- Publication date : October 25, 2012
- Language: : English
- File size : 907 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #745,134 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ms Smith depicts the perils of working in Afghanistan during troubled times, and shows what seems to be a mantel of situations that Afghans still are dealing with. The main sociological aspect is the plight of women, but described through the eyes of an Afghan woman -- in spite of the author being from Scotland -- which is very different than what has been reported in the media. She remind us that the road to equality between men and women in the world is not that different than how it is walked through in Afghanistan. A shocking detail was learning that the world reacted more to the threat of the bombing of the Buddha statues than to the famine the Afghans were going through at the time.
I found quite a few bumps on the road of storytelling in the form of liberal punctuation, but though this may bother some readers I was taken by the powerful stories with their particular cultural insights.
Top reviews from other countries
One of the many friends Mary made insisted she write a book about real Afghan women which would show their true story and break through the stereotyping which so many books on Afghanistan were portraying them as. Education matters and Mary found the women keen to learn how to become health workers for their people and put right some of the older ways of thinking so more babies survived, their children could thrive and live more healthily in what were already difficult circumstances.
Women who were not used to having a voice grouped together and stood up to demand a better way and I found this moving and inspiring. Knowledge is power and Mary has done so much good work by leaving behind a new structure and way of thinking which allowed the self esteem of many of these women to rise and for all of them to make a difference. These ordinary women longed for peace but despite hardships they didn't complain but focused instead on their lives with their husbands, children and community - coming together when needed and sharing what little they had with each other.
Yes, there are arranged marriages and yes, men mostly hold the power but there is far more to Afghan life than first meets the eye when we read about the Afghan people in the news - Mary puts a name and a face to these ordinary women whose culture is admittedly different to ours but whose needs, dreams and wishes for their children are no different from any other mother the world over.
Loved it and, if I could, I would put a copy of this book in your hand right now.
The job of bringing understanding to people who are by no means stupid, but who are almost to a woman entirely uneducated, is massive. Mary smith and her colleagues, including some locals, approached it with humour, intelligence and outstanding courage. As a reader I was rooting for every sick baby, every woman held back by custom and every man who came to understand. It's a job that must be ongoing. There are no simplicities in aid work. Anne