Thursday, March 28, 2013

Secretary Kerry and Kamila Sidiqi, Protagonist of THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, just emailed us this amazing picture of Secretary of State John Kerry with Kamila Sidiqi, the protagonist of her book, in Kabul. Kerry met with ten female entrepreneurs at the embassy on Tuesday.

For those of you who don’t know, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is former ABC News reporter Lemmon’s riveting look at the life of Kamila Sidiqi and other women of Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s fearful rise to power.

Kamila’s world changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—she was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban, and gives rare insight into the lives of many Afghan women.

Lemmon's inspirational book is one of our favorites for Common Read programs and received a lot of attention at FYE. Please click here if you would like access to the instructor's guide for The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

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