Opium Nation by Fariba Nawa
Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

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Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing and deeply personal explorationof Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corruptofficials to warlords and child brides and beyond. KhaledHosseini, author of The Kite Runner and AThousand Splendid Suns calls Opium Nation “an insightful andinformative look at the global challenge of Afghan drug trade. Fariba Nawa weaves her personalstory of reconnecting with her homeland after 9/11 with a very engagingnarrative that chronicles Afghanistan’s dangerous descent into opiumtrafficking…and most revealingly, how the drug trade has damaged the lives ofordinary Afghan people.” Readers of Gayle Lemmon Tzemach’sThe Dressmaker of Khair Khanaand Rory Stewart’s The Places Between will find Nawa’spersonal, piercing, journalistic tale to be an indispensable addition to thecultural criticism covering this dire global crisis.

About Fariba Nawa

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Fariba Nawa has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), Newsday, and The Village Voice. She has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows, including NPR, the BBC, MTV, NBC, and CBS’s 48 Hours.
Published November 8, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 377 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Nawa is especially curious about the effects of increased opiate production on Afghan women, and her conclusions are grim: “...the Afghan drug trade provided funding for terrorists and for the Taliban...

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A chance meeting with Darya, a 12-year-old girl sold into marriage in order to settle her father’s opium debt, propels the book toward its climax: a search for the girl in one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous regions.

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In Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan, journalist and author Fariba Nawa meets Darya, a twelve-year-old girl who has been sold as a child bride to pay her family’s opium debt.

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'Opium Nation' combines the personal and the political with the identities of individuals and the identities of nations using memoir and deeply-researched reporting in a story that hopscotches around the world to save a child in the present as it traces Nawa's childhood and her trips to her homel...

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