Born into a middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980, Latifa had
a conventional childhood. Then, Taliban soldiers seized power in
Kabul. And from that moment, Latifa, just sixteen, became a
prisoner in her own home. The simplest and most basic freedoms were
forbidden. She was forced to put on a chadri, the state-mandated
uniform that covered her entire body. Disbelief at having to hide
herself was soon replaced by fear, the fear of being whipped or
stoned like women she'd seen. My Forbidden Face provides a moving
and highly personal account of life under the Taliban regime. With
painful honesty and clarity, Latifa describes her ordered world
falling apart, in the name of a fanaticism that she could not
comprehend, and replaced by a world where terror and oppression
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