I read The Kite Runner then A Thousand Splendid Suns. Avoid the latter if you have a weak stomach or are prone to nightmares.
The author, Khaled Hosseini is an Afghanistan physician who lives now in California. Both books detail the crushing oppression that Islam is to its people, but especially women. Here is the author discussing the idea for his novel, his early years in Kabul (Before the Soviet invasion)
Below are snips from recent news reports that underscore the reality of the horror of the lives of Afghanistani women.
Read these reports and ask yourself, "where are the feminists?" (Busy attacking stay-at- home moms!) Why have no oh-so-sophisticated feminists done something for true suffering and injustice?
Afghanistani children as young as three raped by roving Islamic thugs, UN reported
"Just last week, a 3-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped by unidentified men, a government official confirms. The toddler was later released and, the official says, is recovering.
"Rapists are roaming around with impunity," Shaima says, turning her attention to a man -- said to be the son of a powerful official -- who is accused of raping 22 girls in the northern province of Sar-I-Pul.
Sayed Nurallah says his 14-year-old daughter was one of the aforementioned victims. Nurallah says that coming forward with his daughter's story makes him a target, which he firmly accepts. He says that seeking justice for his daughter is a matter of integrity.
"She wakes up in the middle of the night screaming," Nurallah says of his daughter. "Her arms, legs, her body -- she is always tense and frightened."
Another report, also disturbing: Iranian woman forced into prostitution to support husbands drug addiction