Yasmeena's Choice: A True Story of War, Rape, Courage and Survival by Jean Sasson

Yasmeena's Choice: A True Story of War, Rape, Courage and Survival

byJean Sasson

Kobo ebook | August 1, 2013

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This is the true story of Yasmeena, a bright and beautiful young Lebanese woman who was imprisoned in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. Yasmeena's shocking journey is a tale of the madness of war, of the sexual brutality unleashed by chaos, and of one woman’s courage to stand in danger’s way to aid her fellow sufferers. This is an explicit, graphic, and honest book. It is for mature audiences only.

Jean Sasson has spent her career sharing the personal stories of courageous Middle Eastern women. PRINCESS: Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia was an international bestseller. It has become a classic, taught in colleges and high schools and devoured by anyone who aspires to understand the Middle East.

Yasmeena was quite literally an innocent abroad. She was a college educated, English-speaking flight attendant graced with an unusual amount of confidence. She was also a virgin, a conservative Muslim daughter and sister.

When Yasmeena's flight out of Kuwait was delayed, it was because Saddam Hussein had just invaded Kuwait. Iraqi soldiers threw her into a woman's prison where the guards committed ghastly sexual attacks and tortured the women.

After Yasmeena was brutalized by the captain of the prison, she thought she was the most unfortunate woman on earth. But that was before she befriended Lana, whose rapist took glee in inflicting hurt. Yasmeena used her position as the captain's favorite to protect her friend, though she also was forced into a wrenching decision.

As Americans and other allies march into Kuwait, the Iraqis flee and Yasmeena escapes. Eventually she finds a safe harbor where Sasson interviews her and records every horrific experience.

Sasson has wanted to write this story for many years. But she knew that the sexual explicitness and violence would make it difficult to publish. A year ago, Yasmeena's story and the choices she was forced to make invaded Sasson’s dreams. She realized that now was the right time to share the story. And so here it is, Sasson's testament to an articulate, angry, brave young woman who not only survived but who was eager to share her story with the world.


"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine

"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." --USA Today
Title:Yasmeena's Choice: A True Story of War, Rape, Courage and SurvivalFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Liza Dawson AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1939481090

ISBN - 13:9781939481092


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yasmeena's Choice As always a very well written account by Jean Sassoon of the atrocities perpetrated against young woman by Iraqi soldiers during the Kuwait invasion by Iraq. The author gives a very clear but horrifying account of one young woman's story of courage and determination to survive. It is important that the world knows these events and Jean Sasson has a very easy but informative style of writing. I always know I will enjoy her writing.
Date published: 2015-10-10