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The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan.

In this advance excerpt of chapter seven, available only in e-book format, readers are immersed in the Sidiqi household as they watch Kamila and her sisters work around the clock to sew dresses for a wedding. When the bride and her wedding party return to pick up their gowns, the sisters make an astonishing discovery. Purchase today to get an exclusive look at what Greg Mortensen, author of Three Cups of Tea, has called, "One of the most inspiring books I have ever read."


The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
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Afghanistan's women
March 16th, 2014
How life changed when the Taliban took power, the women's struggle for survival
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January 4th, 2014
A nice story. Very I empowering. A bit slow at times, but very informational too. Felt like I really learnt about the Afghanistan culture, things you dont see in the news.
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The dressmaker of Khair Khana
February 3rd, 2013
Enjoyable and a real eye opener on the struggles women endured. Good job in bringing it to light for all to see.
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