By Latifa Ali
This can be the real tale of Latifa Ali, betrayed by means of her friends and family and stored as a prisoner by way of her father in Iraq. She has no allies, no liberty as a Muslim lady and no entry to the Australian Consulate. because the conflict on terror rages round her, Latifa is at warfare together with her tradition and customs. Imprisoned, abused and violated, her efforts to flee Iraq fail and her dying looms nearer. She grew up donning bikinis on an Australian seashore, yet was once pressured into complete Muslim costume. operating as a secret agent, consorting with the UN and racing for the border, Latifa is aware that the one method to shop her lifestyles is to maintain her mystery and make an get away. A harrowing tale of independence and perseverance. discover why she nonetheless lives in worry for her lifestyles. the tale: Latifa was once born in Iraq yet her kinfolk moved to Australia to flee after the realthreat of being hunted and killed via Sadam Husein.
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Then he broke away from the path and began scaling the steep sides. Khalid would already have seen him from his sniper’s position but he felt quite safe, for no Arab soldier would travel alone through this territory unless he was pretending to be a Kurdish fighter and that would be a suicidal mission. ’ The sniper burst up from his rocky cover. ’ Then he turned to the messenger. ‘A boy? ’ ‘I don’t know, Khalid. This is the only word they’ve sent. ’ Khalid was 28 years old and very fit. He did not waste a moment.
Do not mix with Arabs when you meet them,’ she would tell me time and again. ‘While we are from northern Iraq, we are different. Always remember that. ’ While my mother had implored me not to be fanatical, she was obsessed with doing whatever she could to help the Kurds, both in Australia and in Iraq. She started working for a Kurdish radio station, reading the news in three different dialects and also writing her own poetry and reading that out, too. ’ She was also a woman of contrasts as far as the Kurds were concerned.
As is the way, Khalid and Baian’s marital home was his family’s house, a three-storey building in the middle of the city. It was crowded, because they shared it with Khalid’s parents, his seven sisters and a brother. And it was expected of the new bride that she would be a slave to the whole family, doing the cooking, washing and cleaning. She had moved from one domestic prison before her marriage to another as a new bride. After three months Baian found herself pregnant with me. Again, it was a victory for Khalid.
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