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Young woman to give lecture on life under Taliban regime, March 5

A young woman who escaped from Afghanistan and the Taliban regime will speak about her experiences at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in 202 Jones Hall. "Latifa" will present an address titled "My Forbidden Face: Life Under the Taliban" and sign copies of her book by the same name.

The book is a firsthand account of life under the Taliban regime from a young woman's perspective. Latifa discusses how Afghan women and children were treated when the Taliban took control. "My Forbidden Face" was written in collaboration with Chekeba Hachemi, the founder of Afghanistan Libre, an organization that helps Afghans who live outside their homeland start to rebuild their country.

Latifa was born in 1980 to a middle-class Afghan family in Kabul. She enjoyed fashion and music and dreamed of becoming a journalist until Taliban soldiers seized power in 1996. She says she was a prisoner in her own home, forbidden to walk down the street alone and forced to wear a chadri, the state-mandated uniform that covered her entire body. Latifa and her parents escaped in May 2001 through a French-based Afghan resistance group and now live in Paris.

The event is sponsored by Princeton's Program in Near Eastern Studies .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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