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Dear Zari: Hidden Stories from Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar
  

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Starting life as part of the BBC World Service transmission, Afghan Woman’s Hour, women were encouraged to tell their stories, it became one of the most widely listened to programmes in the country. Zarghuna Kargar interweaves her own story around these biographical fragments, tragic stories of women broken and downtrodden by such a deeply traditional and conservative culture where women have value only as bearers of sons. The situation has worsened due to the wars adding widowhood and disablement to women’s woes. There are chinks of light among the stories, a loving relationship, a woman finding a way of supporting her family, another able to choose the man she loves but one is left angered and saddened at the treatment meted out to the Afghan women and deeply grateful to Zarghuna Kargar for revealing the plight of these women.

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Dear Zari: Hidden Stories from Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

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 brought up as a boy; to life as a widow shunned by society. Compelling and enlightening, Dear Zari uncovers the reality of life in Afghanistan in stories that are by turn heart-breaking and uplifting.


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A poignant celebration of human resilience -- Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner Remarkable...heart-rending...astonishing * The Times * An absorbing collection of life stories...their bravery and resilience shines through * Independent on Sunday * Harrowing and heart-warming * Sunday Telegraph * Heart-rending...harrowing... In each case, though, the resilience of the human spirit shines through * Metro *


About the Author

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.

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Publication date

3rd May 2012

Author

Zarghuna Kargar

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9780099542186

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