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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan (Voice) Hardcover – June 21, 2011

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"A moving message."―Kirkus

"[A]n absorbing memoir."―Booklist

"[A] well plotted, fluid narrative."―Publishers Weekly

"For years, Suraya Sadeed has worked tirelessly to help the people of her war-scarred homeland. This terrific memoir is the story of her struggles, her sacrifices, and her hopes. It is the moving life story of a remarkable woman who has overcome personal tragedy and has made it her single-minded mission to bring hope, relief, and a measure of happiness to the brutalized women and children of Afghanistan."―Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

"I read this book in one gulp. I couldn't put it down. Suraya Sadeed is an amazing woman who has done what few others have dared, or cared enough, to do. Her life is inspiring, and so is her life story--this riveting, clear-eyed book."―Mir Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York

"Wisecracking beneath her burka, [Sadeed] talks her way into horrific refugee camps, creates a clinic for women (they must skulk in by a secret door) and illegally starts a girls' school in a windowless basement. This former businesswoman turned full-time activist lives what she fervently believes: that education is more powerful than 'the bullet and the bomb.'"―More

"An adventure story with heart that tells Sadeed's (the founder of the charity Help the Afghan Children) inspiring fight to bring aid, education, and peace training to Afghan citizens."―East Bay Express

About the Author

Suraya Sadeed was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and immigrated to the United States after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. She founded Help the Afghan Children in 1993 as a response to the humanitarian crisis she witnessed on a trip to her home country during the height of the Afghan Civil War. Since then, Suraya's work has been recognized and honored at the highest levels of government in both Afghanistan and the United States. She has appeared on such programs as the Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC's Weekend Today Show, and her story has been written about in Readers Digest and the Los Angeles Times Magazine as well as a film documentary Inshallah, Diary of an Afghan Woman, produced for the Oxygen Channel. In March of 2006, Suraya's work was recognized by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House for her work in Afghanistan.
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Product Details

  • Series: Voice
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Voice; First Edition first Printing edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341312
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suraya Sadeed always does the impossible, in her feisty but gracious, focused but generous way. Through the non-profit agency she founded, Help the Afghan Children, she braved otherwise insurmountable financial, transportation, communication, military and cultural barriers to bring humanitarian aid to Afghan refugee and Afghanistan's most desperate people in the post-Soviet withdrawal, during the blood-letting mujahadeen civil wars when the rest of the world had largely forgotten her ancient war-torn homeland. She established secret schools and clinics for girls and women under the long-noses of the largely misogynistic and ignorant Taliban rulers; and carried in thousands of dollars to deliver via horseback, mule-train, rusty helicopter and foot to remote northwest provinces decimated by earthquakes. She brought food and fuel to thousands displaced from their homes and squeezed into a narrow zone between Taliban and Northern Aliance fighters, as the U.S. forces bombed from above and other aid agencies fled. She initiated national model schools, curricula and teacher-training; and painstakingly assembled community support and involvement to build state-of-the art schools across Afghanistan where children are benefiting from a rich curriculum, as well as classes in computers, environmental studies, and peace and conflict resolution.

Equally unfazed by an audience with the late king of Afghanistan, a luncheon with former President G.W. Bush, or a confrontation with a Kalashnikov-toting Talib on an eerie glass-shattered Kabul hotel balcony, Sadeed never loses sight of what is real.
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This is a terrific book which puts current events in the Middle East and Central Europe in perspective. The writer's courage and commitment to improving the well-being of her fellow Afghans (often at great personal risk to herself) is inspiring. This is not a book about religion but any account of events in Afghanistan in her lifetime cannot ignore the prominent role that religion played in those events. She is (was at the time of writing) a (Sunni) Muslim who had emigrated to the US and, perhaps because she was writing primarily for a Western audience, characterized the dark, devastating period commencing in the late '80's after the Soviets retreated as a power struggle between numerous "rival warlords" without identifying the role that Sunni - Shi'ite (Northern Alliance) conflict played in the devastation of her country which was far worse than had been inflicted by the Soviets. To her credit, she pulls no punches in criticizing the Taliban for imposing oppressive and brutal regulations (especially against females) which are not required by the Quran and was effusive in her praise for American Christians whose financial support for her (HTAC) charity after 9-11 blew her away. While I do not agree with some of her conclusions as to the role that the US policy played in Afghanistan's destruction prior to 9-11, she wrote the truth as she saw it and her perspective is certainly valid as proven by her actions.
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I was struck by two things in the book. First is the courage and insight of Suraya Sadeed as she faces an amazing array of people in her efforts to help the children of Afghanistan. She is beyond fearless and literally defies death with her audacity in dealing with those who would get in the way of her charity.

The second thing of note is the proof from her childhood and schooling that Afghanistan was and could be a stable and prosperous country again. As a military veteran of Afghanistan, I've heard from too many people that Afghanistan has and always will be a lost cause but this book refutes that uneducated viewpoint once and for all.

I highly recommend the book for those interested in Afghanistan and/or an inspiring and fascinating story of someone who is making a difference in the world.
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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse by Suraya Sadeed is an inspiring story about how much life can change, and what we can do about it to help. The author shares her unforgettable story about the Afghan people, and in doing so, really shakes up what you probably once thought about the people there.

This is the kind of book that will keep you reading it until you finish it. Be prepared to have that kind of time when you start, because you won't want to stop reading this once you get started.

Suraya Sadeed does an amazing job with telling her story about being an Afghan refugee, and then coming back to the country to find how much things have changed for the people she once knew there. Most Americans don't get such a look into the lives of the people in Afghanistan, especially how the women there are treated. This book will change your views on people there, and give you much to think about your own life as well.

It is an inspiring tale that really shows just how strong this woman (and others like her) is that can go in and help make positive changes in the world. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

* Thank you to the publisher of Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, Voice, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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