Fac­ing The Tal­iban


This book is based on the four years that Anoja Wijeyeseke­ra, the au­thor, spent in Afghanista­n as a UNICEF of­fi­cial be­fore she and other UNICEF staff were evac­u­ated from Kabul af­ter 9/11 ter­ror at­tacks. The book also de­scribes the con­di­tions for women un­der the Tal­iban in gen­eral.

It is the night of 11th Septem­ber 2001 in Kabul, Afghanista­n. Anoja is fran­ti­cally gath­er­ing her things for an evac­u­a­tion. In the background, the fall­ing bombs shake the foundation­s of the house, but her thoughts are far away, she can only think of her brother, Sri­nath, who is trapped in the de­bris of the Twin Tow­ers in New York. In a cruel twist of fate, two sib­lings find them­selves as by­standers on opposite sides of what would soon be­come a cruel and painful con­flict. This dra­matic open­ing to Anoja’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal ac­count is just a small win­dow into the fas­ci­nat­ing and tu­mul­tuous tale of an aid-worker, mother and woman who finds her­self in a place that would soon be­come a fo­cal point of global pol­i­tics.

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