Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan

Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan


By (author) Suraya Sadeed, Contributions by Damien Lewis

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 231mm x 23mm | 528g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844086623
  • ISBN 13: 9781844086627
  • Sales rank: 104,053

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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse is an inspirational memoir by Suraya Sadeed, an Afghan woman from a wealthy family who became an exile in America after the Russians invaded. She made a happy and successful life for herself in Virginia with her husband and child. Then in the wake of her husband's sudden death she decided to return to Afghanistan to help those who had suffered throughout the years of the invasion, the reign of the Taliban and post 9/11 trauma. A true heroine, she smuggled herself across borders in various disguises, braved warlords and set up underground girls' schools in Kabul in order to bring aid and hope to thousands. Once back in America she founded Help the Afghan Children, a charity that over 17 years has raised millions to set up schools and clinics in Afghanistan and to help the displaced people of the region.

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Author information

Suraya Sadeed is the Founder and Executive Director of Help the Afghan Children. She is a leading authority on the education and welfare of women and children in Afghanistan, and a pioneer in bringing innovative educational programmes to Afghanistan.

Review quote

I thank you for your bravery. You really are an indication of what one woman can do.' Oprah Winfrey 'This terrific memoir is the story of her struggles, her sacrifices, and her hopes. It is the moving life story of a remarkable woman who has overcome personal tragedy and has made it her single-minded mission to bring hope, relief and a measure of happiness to the brutalised women and children of Afghanistan' Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner