Up to a good read this fall? WNEW’s Judlyne Lilly talked to Suraya Sadeed about her book Forbidden Lessons From A Kabul Guesthouse.

“The title of the book represents, basically, the time of the Taliban where women were barred from going to school,” said Afghan citizen Sadeed and author of the book.

She continued by saying “we had to have secret schools around the country to teach women and one of these schools was at a guest house in Kabul.”

Sadeed writes in her book, that it really wasn’t a guest house, “It was a little shack just underground. That’s where the girls were going and we called it a school there.”

She and other Afhan women taught these girls under threat of death or worse back in the 1990’s and now she says, “some of those girls who were students in that small place called a guest house are now teachers. They are teaching. They are independent. They can make a living and be very proud citizens.”


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