Love in A Torn Land

Love in A Torn Land

Joanna of Kurdistan, the True Story of A Freedom Fighter's Escape From Iraqi Vengeance

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Set against the backdrop of the oppression of the Kurdish people, a portrait of Joanna Al-Askan Hussain describes her marriage to a Kurdish freedom fighter, her own role in the struggle for Kurdish rights, the attack by Saddam Hussein's forces that left her temporarily blind and compelled her to flee for her life, and the genocide that killed more than 200,000 of her fellow Kurds.

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In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna al-Askari's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007
ISBN: 9780470067291
Characteristics: 333 p.


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charmaine_library Aug 20, 2009

“In every word I write. All the birds here chant your name. I am nothing without you." These words are written to Joanna al-Askari by Sarbast, a Kurdish peshmerga (freedom fighter), who is living in the mountains fighting for the freedom and independence of the Kurdish people. Joanna longs to join him, and become a peshmerga herself, and Sasson records Joanna’s trials and tribulations as she follows this dream. Jean Sasson provides the reader with a firsthand account of what occurred in the early 80’s in the Kurdish regions of the Middle East during the Iran-Iraq war and during the Baathist government’s Anfal campaign. An emotional read that gives the reader insight into the reality of the situation facing the Kurdish people, and the importance of fighting for what you believe in.

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