Rod Nordland - The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Ali and Zakia grew up on neighboring farms in central Afghanistan, but since they were of different Muslim sects, the two were worlds apart. The pair fell in love anyway and married in 2013—without their parents’ consent. As their families vowed revenge, the couple went into hiding to save their lives. Nordland, whose reporting has won a Pulitzer and several George Polk and Overseas Press Club awards, was The New York Times Kabul bureau chief when Ali and Zakia were condemned, and his account is a vivid look at Afghanistan’s sectarian divisions and the constraints that fall especially heavily on women; the story recalls the assessment of the former Afghan minister for women’s affairs who called the country “the worst place in the world to be a woman.”

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062378828
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Published: Ecco - January 26th, 2016

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