[Ed. Note: This is a very important story and will remain up for a second day. Malalai tells the story of how it was to be raised in Afghanistan and life over the past 30 years in her country. A story everyone should know, especially the decision makers in the White House before a decision is made on adding more troops. If you know high-ups, please pass this to them. Thank you Malalai Joya for all you have done and are doing to free your people in Afghanistan.]
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.
Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website: http://www.malalaijoya.com for more information on how you can help.
From the dustcover of her book:
Often compared to democratic leaders such as Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, this extraordinary young woman was raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan. Inspired in part by her father’s activism, Malalai became a teacher in secret girl’s schools, holding classes in a series of basements. She hid her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them. She also helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home province of Farah. The endless wars of Afghanistan have created a generation of children without parents. Like so many others who have lost people they care about, Malalai lost one of her orphans when the girl’s family members sold her into marriage.
[Buy her book here]
While many have talked about th serious plight of women in Afghanistan, Malalai Joya takes us inside the country and shows us the desperate day-to-day situations these remarkable people face at every turn. She recounts some of the many acts of rebellion that are helping to change the country–the women who bravely take to the streets in peaceful protest against their oppression; the men who step forward and claim “I am her mahram” so the fundamentalists won’t punish a woman for walking alone; and the families that give their basements as classrooms for female students.
A controversial political figure in one of the most dangerous places on earth, Malalai Joya is a hero for our times, a young woman who refused to be silent, a young woman committed to making a difference in the world, no matter the cost.
…When I was a baby in my mother’s arms, the Soviet Union invaded my country. When I was four years old, my family and I were forced to live as refugees in Iran then Pakistan. Millions of Afghans were killed or exiled, like my family, during the battle-worn 1980’s. When the Russians finally left and their puppet regime was overthrown, we faced a vicious civil war between fundamentalist warlords, followed by the rule of the depraved and medieval Taliban.
After the tragic day of September 11, 2001, many in Afghanistan thought that, with the ensuing overthrow of the Taliban, they might finally see some light, some justice and progress. But it was not to be. The Afghan people have been betrayed once again by those claiming to help them. More than seven years after the U.S. invasion, we are still faced with foreign occupation and a U.S.-backed government filled with warlords who are just like the Taliban. Instead of putting these ruthless murderers on trial for war crimes, the United States and its allies placed them in positions of power, where they continue to terrorize ordinary Afghans.
[Ed. Note: If Malalai Joya is coming to your town, make sure to see her. She is a very powerful voice for her people, the citizens of Afghanistan. Buy her book here, and pass this post to your friends.
Go in Peace, Malalai Joya, the bravest woman in Afghanistan.
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