Bestselling author Jean Sasson (Author)tells the dramatic true story of a young woman caught up in Saddam Hussein’s genocide of the Kurdish people of Iraq.
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Raised in Baghdad by an Arab Iraqi father and a Kurdish mother, Joanna spent a childhood filled with fear and uncertainty under the brutal Baathist regime, tempered by joyful summers spent with family in Kurdistan. She shares the girlish excitement of meeting a dashing young Peshmerga fighter at age fifteen, which began a campaign for love that would prove almost as consuming to Joanna as her dream of Kurdish freedom. She also recounts the gritty details of life as a young Peshmerga wife in Kurdistan during the darkest days of the Iran-Iraq War: the horror of being temporarily blinded from a gas attack by Saddam’s forces, the terror of dodging Iraqi patrols as she and her husband tried to flee to safety, and the desperate search for a missing relative in an Iranian refugee camp.
Again and again, Joanna meets defeat with determination and faces hardship with hope as she navigates the dangers of an Iraq filled with informers, midnight raids, secret police interrogations, and barbaric prisons. Through her eyes and her love for her husband, the splendid world of Kurds and Kurdistan comes alive. From the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and colorful flowers dotting the roadside to feasts, singing, and dancing, Love in a Torn Land offers a captivating portrait of an amazing land and a fascinating culture. Gripping and inspiring, Joanna’s tale of tragedy and triumph is a moving testament to the power of love, the strength of the human spirit, and an unflagging will to prevail against the odds.
From the Back Cover
All the birds here chant your name.
I am nothing without you.”
When Joanna al-Askari read these wonderful words from the man she loved, little did she know what joy—and challenges—would await her when she joined him in marriage and in the fight for Kurdish independence.
While Iraq is everywhere in today’s headlines, the story of the Kurdish people and their struggle for survival under Saddam Hussein is one that has remained largely untold—until now. In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna’s personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. From the threat of Iraqi patrols and raids to chemical attacks and bombings, Joanna reveals how she and her husband survived extreme physical danger as they made their way through Kurdistan’s perilous mountains and beleaguered villages to seek temporary safety in Iran.
Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna’s passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.
Love in a torn land is a pragmtic story of a true brave heart, Joanna.
Love in a torn land by Jean Sasson, an American writer who calls herself “a voice for women of the middle east.” Jean has spent 20 years in various parts of Middle East. She made her debut with “the rape of Kuwait” in 1991. The rape of Kuwait is about refugees of Kuwait who fled to the various parts of the world during Iraq invasion in 1990.
Love in a torn land is not a stupid love at first sight kind of story. Jean has presented “love” in a practical way to its readers. It is an account of a real hero and heroine and the things they did in life to save their real love for each other and their country.