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Ninety-eight black and white photos, steeped in the pathos and predicament of the Afghan people, accompanied by soul-searching commentary and poetry from thirteen distinguished contributors.Basque-born photographer Alen Silva travelled twice across war-torn Afghanistan, to places few foreigners dare to venture, to bring us these soul-searing photographs of a devastated land. Among the ruins of Kabul, of the Bamiyan Buddhas, of Soviet tanks, of Afghan society -- the hope for peace still lights the weary faces of the Afghan people who welcomed him.Texts by Alen Silva, Alan Rachins, Bahman Ghobadi, Bernardo Atxaga, Ezzat Goushegir, Gillian Anderson, John Sistiaga, Malalai Joya, Michael Ratner, Mike Farrell, Suheir Hammad, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Toti Martinez de Lezea, and Yasmina Khadra.
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With an ever-increasing focus being drawn towards the struggle for women's rights in the Middle East, one figure remains driven by an insatiable hunger for leading the fight: Afghani born Malalai Joya. In 'A Woman Among Warlords' western readers are offered a compelling work from Joya, whose calls for action have taken her seat as the youngest elected official in Afghanistan's Parliment, to the safe houses and schools for women that she continues to live in and fight for. Throughout this eye-opening account, readers will be granted the chance to identify and understand the ways in which the modern muslim woman must stand for her rights.
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