By Manal Omar
"Walk barefoot and the thorns will damage you…" ―Iraqi-Turkmen proverb
A riveting tale of wish and depression, of elation and longing, Barefoot in Baghdad takes you to front strains of a special type of conflict, the place the unsung freedom opponents are powerful, vibrant―and female.
An American reduction employee of Arab descent, Manal Omar strikes to Iraq to aid as many girls as she will be able to rebuild their lives. She fast reveals herself drawn into the saga of a humans made up our minds to upward thrust from the ashes of warfare and sanctions and rebuild their lives within the face of crushing chaos. this can be a chronicle of Omar's friendships with a number of Iraqis whose lives are crumbling prior to her eyes. it's a story of affection, as her dating with one Iraqi guy intensifies in a rustic in turmoil. And it's the heartrending tales of the ladies of Iraq, as they grapple with what it skill to be girl in a place of birth you now not recognize.
"Manal Omar captures the complicated truth of dwelling and dealing in war-torn Iraq, a truth that tells the tale of affection and wish in the middle of bombs and explosions."―Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of ladies for girls overseas, and writer (with Laurie Becklund) of the nationwide bestselling ebook Between Worlds: break out from Tyranny: becoming Up within the Shadow of Saddam
"A attention-grabbing, sincere, and encouraging portrait of a women's rights activist in Iraq, suffering to aid neighborhood ladies whereas exploring her personal id. Manal Omar is a talented consultant into Iraq, as she knows the area, speaks Arabic, and wears the veil. At turns humorous and tragic, she contains a robust message for girls, and can provide it via attractive storytelling."―Christina Asquith, writer of Sisters in struggle: a narrative of affection, kinfolk and Survival within the New Iraq
"At turns humorous and tragic…a strong message for girls, [delivered] via attractive storytelling."―Christina Asquith, writer of Sisters in War
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She asked, smiling. I was impressed that she could be so pragmatic at age sixteen. She was less impressed with my response. “I’m not sure I can. ” “I am sure they told you I am a prostitute,” she said sheepishly. “Those hypocrites out there. One of them used to be my client. ” The man, one of the police officers, had used her for sex, and now he wanted her released and left for dead. This was not, as one might expect in the United States, because he was ashamed of having patronized a prostitute.
Her main objective had been to help me get started, and she was due to leave for Amman the next day. My next destination was the hotel I would call home for the next month. Mark, the logistics officer for Women for Women who had preceded me into the country, had reserved a room for me. He pointed out that by staying at the hotel for a month, we could take our time in scouting out a house for me to rent. We could make sure we found a good place. He was waiting outside Uncle Fahad’s with a driver to accompany me to the hotel.
Despite the fact that the ride into Baghdad was uneventful, worst-case scenarios of life in the city were storming through my mind. The insurgency would team up with al Qaeda and make Iraq a living hell. I would be kidnapped. S. troops because of a mistaken identity. I would be caught in a crossfire between American troops and the Baathists. Over my corpse a debate would rage about what to place on the tag identifying me: traitor or terrorist? My imagination ran wilder with each passing hour. Despite Zainab’s reassurance (she had been in these kinds of situations before, and she knew what the odds were like), I could not let my guard down.