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Friday, April 5, 2013
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Kamila Sidiqi and her sisters find themselves trapped in Kabul during the Taliban regime. They are educated modern devout women from a large family. Of the nine girls in the family, Mr. Sidiqi, a former military man, insisted that all his girls are fully educated, independent and self sufficient. Although things had never been easy the Sidiqi family had learned to manage and live life to the fullest despite the constant fighting and political upheaval throughout their beloved Afghanistan. When the Taliban arrives in the late 90's, times are not just difficult and they are finally impossible. For their own safety, the men are forced to temporarily leave Kabul and Kamila and her sisters have to find a way to survive. They stick together, and with a tremendous amount of ingenuity, hope and perseverance reach success they had only dreamed of. Ms. Lemmon, a reporter/writer, business student, details this amazing family and the brave people of their community. Easy to read, hard to imagine, more personal than a news brief, don't miss this intimate account of these amazing inspiring young women!