The Dressmaker Of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked…

Paperback | March 20, 2012

byGayle Tzemach Lemmon

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"We're far more accustomed to—and comfortable with—seeing women portrayed as victims of war who deserve our sympathy rather than as resilient survivors who demand our respect…" 

Former ABC journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the riveting true story of Kamila Sidiqi and other women of Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s fearful rise to power. In what Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, calls “one of the most inspiring books I have ever read,” Lemmon recounts with novelistic vividness the true story of a fearless young woman who not only reinvented herself as an entrepreneur to save her family but, in the face of ferocious opposition, brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Kabul.

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"We're far more accustomed to—and comfortable with—seeing women portrayed as victims of war who deserve our sympathy rather than as resilient survivors who demand our respect…" Former ABC journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the riveting true story of Kamila Sidiqi and other women of Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s fearful ri...

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Kamila Sidiqi's life changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. After her father and brother were forced to flee, she became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Banned from school, confined to her home, and armed only with determination, she picked up a needle and thread to create a thriving business that...

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributor to theAtlantic's Defense One writing on national security and foreign policy issues. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and postconflict zones, including Afghanis...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:March 20, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inspiring Story I have an education. I have a career. I have a varied wardrobe. I drive my own car. I live in my own home. I leave my home when I wish and return when I wish. My daughter enjoys the same freedom and my sons support and encourage their partners to do so as well. Why? We have the good fortune to live in Canada where these freedoms are taken for granted! In 'The Dressmaker of Khair Khana' we meet a young woman and her family who did not have freedom in Afghanistan during the occupation of the Taliban. Kamila Sidiqui uses her intellect, her education and her chutzpah to start a dressmaking business under severely restrictive conditions that provided not just for her own family, but for many women in the city of Kabul. It is powerful to read of women who did not just 'accept their fate' but worked against all odds to determine their own future.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational The author, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, was an MBA student at Harvard Business School, when she decided to do some research into women in war-torn countries and their entreprenurial spirit. This brought her to war-torn Rwanda, Bosnia and Afghanistan Kamila Sidiqi's life changes when the Taliban seizes power in Afghanistan and she is cut off from the education and enlightened life her father provides for her and her five sisters. Further the men of the family are under serious threat and the older ones must leave for safer territories. This leaves the sisters almost destitute and no way of earning more money. Kamila starts a dressmaking and seamstress operation in her house. The threats are enormous as she must still try to sell their wares. She is a very resourceful young lady with lots of bravery to do as she did to support her family. This is a story of hope, bravery and fantastic human spirit. The only inconsistency I just didn't quite understand is whose was buying these garments if everyone was so badly off?
Date published: 2013-08-10

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is a captivating war-time adventure story, but it is also a lesson in tenacity and courage.”