One Afghan Woman’s Quest for her Stolen Child

Love in a Torn Land
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From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman.

Maryam had witnessed the miserable fate of her beloved grandmother and three aunts, causing the young Maryam to wish that she had been born male. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she was forced to flee the country.

A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp, but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, a man Maryam did not know. Within hours of their wedding, Maryam’s husband turned into a violent man. Beaten, raped, and abused, Maryam could find joy only in the birth of her son. But then her brutal husband stole him away far beyond his mother’s reach. For many long years Maryam searched for her lost child, while civil war and Taliban oppression raged back home in Afghanistan.

Set against a landscape littered with tragic tales of horrific suffering, Jean Sasson chronicles the story of one resolute but tormented woman determined to achieve freedom and equality with men.

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