Thursday, August 4, 2011
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Imagine, if you will, being told, that, just because you were born female you could only appear in public completely covered and only when accompanied by a male family member. You could not attend school, and you are not allowed to work outside the home. This is exactly what happened to Kamila Sidiqi when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After her father and her brother were forced to flee, Kamila is faced with the problem of how to look after her five siblings. Determined to keep her family safe and together Kamila begins a dressmaking business in her own home.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, tells the incredible story of how Kamila and her sisters manage to create a thriving business that not only provides for her family but the whole community as well. All of this takes place within the stringent, barbaric rules of the Taliban.
The author, a former ABC news reporter, takes us to an Afghanistan we have never seen before. It is a story of war, but, it is also a story of sisterhood and incredible courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.