Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep, Paperback Book

Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep Paperback

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Shirin-Gol was just a young girl when her village was levelled by the Russians' bombs in 1979.

After the men in her family joined the resistance, she fled with the women and children to the capital, Kabul, and so began a life of day-to-day struggle in her war-torn country.

A life that includes a period living in the harsh conditions of a Pakistani refugee camp, being forced into a marriage to pay off her brother's gambling debts, selling her body and begging for the money to feed her growing family, an attempted suicide, and an unsuccessful endeavour to leave Afghanistan for Iran after the Taliban seized control of her country. Told truthfully and with unflinching detail to writer and documentary-maker Siba Shakib, and incorporating some of the shocking experiences of Shirin-Gol's friends and family members, this is the story of the fate of many of the women in Afghanistan.

But it is also a story of great courage, the moving story of a proud woman, a woman who did not want to be banished to a life behind the walls of her house, or told how to dress, who wanted an education for her children so that they could have a chance of a future, to live their lives without fear and poverty. .


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it's crucial for americans to hear from people whose lives are affected by our wars. this really gives the reader a sense of what life is like in a war-torn country and in refugee camps. you'll also learn a lot about the extraordinary history of afghanistan.

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This is not an easy novel to read, but it felt necessary to me, given the war that my country is waging in this country. It’s written simply and fluidly, with no analysis or explanation. Each character’s actions explain everything. <br/><br/>It’s the story of Shirin-Gol’s life, beginning when she is a child, and ending when she is a grandmother. It describes how she lives during the Russian invasion, during the tribal wars, and during the rule of the Taliban. It shows how she gives in, resists, escapes, wanders, finds homes, and loses homes. <br/><br/>In her family, there are separations and reunions. Sometimes there is something to eat, sometimes not. Sometimes she is confined to a room, sometimes she is free to work. Sometimes she finds solidarity with other women, sometimes she has no way to connect with anyone, and cannot even see their faces. It’s a haunting book, terribly sad. Shirin-Gol has nothing but a little hope to lean against. Yet still she survives. <br/><br/>