Emerald Eyes Behind the Burqa is a historical fiction novel by Fahim Khairy. The story provides a window into the struggles and deep sorrows of Afghan women and Afghan families which have been the result of a decade of constant war. The novel is narrated by a young high school female teacher, who tells the story of the dark pro-communist regime follow by the barbaric system spawned by the Taliban. Arezo seeks protection in a new world. She moves to Pakistan where she meets a young boy from Afghanistan, whose family is the victim of honor killing and sex slavery by the Taliban.
Mrs. Arezo fights for her survival on a lonely battlefield. She witnesses the shooting of her husband in front of her by the Taliban, escapes a marriage proposal by a Taliban commander and being kidnapped by a womanizer drug lord. The author, Fahim Khairy, puts real events into a fictional novel to tell the world what one young man has seen in his short life surviving in Afghanistan.
There are millions of horrible and unimaginable untold stories in Afghanistan. Telling the story of rape, honor killing, and other tragedies in Afghanistan brings shame to the teller according to Afghan custom. To keep the family name safe and its honor intact, the majority of Afghans remain silent about the atrocities they have endured, but Emerald Eyes Behind the Burqa unveils them with courage and honesty, and by doing so, provides a much-needed voice for the voiceless still living with their pain.
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Published February 29, 2012
Literature & Fiction.