The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Kair Khana

I am the first to admit that I know very little of what is going on in the world.  I can barely keep up with what is going on in my little corner of it.  But when it comes to areas like Afghanistan, I know even less. 

I am ashamed of my ignorance, but I can say that after reading The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safebyy Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, I feel more knowledgeable. 

This book is so inspirational.  In September 1996, Kamila Sidiqir received her teaching certificate and was preparing to attend a university.  There was no celebration, however, her countries civil war had caused such celebrations to be too dangerous.  But she still felt optimisic, even with the impending threat of the Taliban invading her country.  Some people were hoping that the Taliban would bring security, but many more were afraid.

When the Taliban did invade Afghanistan, Kamila’s world changed drastically.  Her father and brother had to flee to find jobs elsewhere.  Kamila was left being the support of her five siblings.  Supporting her siblings would be a challenge since the Taliban forced women to stay inside unless accompanied by a male relative, forced to wear a chadri (a covering which only allowed a small slit for their eyes), no school, no work. 

Kamila knew that she had to do something.  She learned to sew, and took her goods to a market accompanied by her brother.  Soon, she had more clients, and was training more girls in her home.  Every trip out, she risked her life.  She had to have the girls come to her home at different times, so as not to attract the Taliban’s attention.  Women who attracted their attention were often beaten in the streets. 

In the midst of all this danger, she created a thriving business, providing a livelihood to people who had none. 

It is an amazing and truly inspirational story. 

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Usual disclaimer:  I received no compensation for this review, other than a copy of the book.  All opinions are my own. 

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Comments

  1. says

    i read this book, i am fascinated with books on the middle east, our lives could not be in greater contrast.

    i have linked you to fft for tomorrow, i will be net free until next week but wanted to make sure you were included :)

  2. says

    Thank you for the two days of books reviews. I want to read them both. The Afghanistan stories are amazing. I really enjoyed Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Eye opening. Our preacher’s daughter was killed in Afghanistan a year ago last August…one of the 10 doctors and others that were ambushed. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/aug/22/slain-aid-worker-remembered/ I was always amazed by Cheryl’s work, but more so after reading a little about that country. She had a passion for helping the women and children there, however she could. Thank you for posting about these books…I will read them and remember Cheryl. (sorry this is such a long post.)