Come Back to Afghanistan by Said Hyder Akbar

Posted by Sherry on 2/26/2007 in Around the World, Current Events, History, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

“[T]he people of Afghanistan . . . are tired, poor, and have few opportunities—and they are thus at the mercy of warlords, terrorists, opium, the country’s carnivorous neighbors, you name it. They need long-term help, not the shaky presence of the aid comminity.” (p. 326) “In spite of everything, there is still a lot of […]


Behind the Burqa

The full title is Behind the Burqa: Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom by “Sulima” and “Hala” as told to Batya Swift Yasgur. I’ll do a quick review in light of the fact that this book is propaganda, not in a bad sense, but propaganda nevertheless. The purpose of the book […]


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Posted by Sherry on 6/28/2005 in Adult Fiction, Around the World, General, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

The Kite Runner is set initially in Afghanistan, and it’s a tale of father and son and of betrayal and forgiveness. Amir, the protagonist and narrator, is the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, while his best friend, Hassan, is a Hazara and a servant. I learned from reading the book that the Hazaras are […]

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