Walking the Precipice: Witness to the Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan (Paperback)

Walking the Precipice: Witness to the Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan By Barbara Bick Cover Image
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An "enthralling" memoir of a woman who risked her life to help a people under siege and a country caught between freedom and oppression (Publishers Weekly--starred review).

In 1990, sixty-five-year-old activist and grandmother Barbara Bick traveled with a women's delegation to Afghanistan for what she thought would be her last great adventure. Instead, Bick forged deep friendships with her Afghan hosts--only to watch in horror as the Taliban took over most of the country and instituted fiercely anti-woman policies.

Eleven years later, at age seventy-six, Bick returned to Afghanistan, travelling to the region controlled by the Northern Alliance, an anti-Taliban militia. In early September 2001, Bick walked out of a compound where militia leader Ahmad Shah Massoud was also staying. Minutes later, Taliban infiltrators assassinated Massoud--a prelude to the al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

As the US government became deeply involved in Afghanistan, Bick decided to return once again to see how women were faring under the new government. In 2004, she was one of the few Western women able to bring years of experience to understanding the country's trauma.

Walking the Precipice gives new insight into the people, politics, and culture of a country that is on everyone's radar--for its beauty, and for its tragic place history.

About the Author

Barbara Bick (1925-2009) was a longtime peace and human rights activist, working for Women Strike for Peace, NEGAR-Support for Women of Afghanistan, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Institute of Women's Policy Research, and the National Conference of State and Local Public Policies. She is the author of Culture and Politics and Walking the Precipice.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781558615861
ISBN-10: 1558615865
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2009
Pages: 152
Language: English