29 Sep was assigned Mayada Al-Askari as a translator on a. MAYADA, DAUGHTER OF IRAQ: One Woman’s Survival Under Saddam Hussein. A member of one of the most distinguished and honored families in Iraq, Mayada grew up surrounded by wealth and royalty. But when Saddam Hussein’s. 10 Nov Dubai: Mayada Al Askari, also known as the Daughter of Iraq, passed away on Tuesday morning after her battle with cancer at the age of

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They were whipped, electrocuted, beatenraped, and much more. She survived the Iran-Iraq War. Swofford’s book, perhaps surprisingly, is the most lyrical of the three, his prose alternating between the machine gun banter of a soldier with the wry, wistful soul of a poet: I sincerely hope that those women from cell 52 and all the other innocent people held in horrifying prisons lived long enough to see the freedom that the US helped them achieve.

It lraq a much more difficult thing to read their personal, individual tales. To ease their suffering, these “shadow women” passed each day by sharing their A member of one of the most distinguished and honored families in Iraq, Mayada grew up surrounded by wealth and royalty.

When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it. I’m happy that those relatively dark days were over, the new iraq was born since Very powerful and heartbreaking. I suggest it to some one who has already read that and wants to know more. Their governments won’t let them have the resources for that. Based on a true account, this book handles some difficult topics, such as the hardships of being a woman in Iraq and the terrible, excessive and unnecessary torture going on in the daufhter of that country.


My heart really went out to these innocent people.

Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman’s Survival Under Saddam Hussein

At times, I found myself holding my breath. Pick several of them to compare based on the following criteria: Very unrealistic In one passage she writes about the most beautiful man she had ever seen.

Sasson’s book provides a valuable insight into Iraq not available on the nightly news. They still want to hold dauvhter to the old ways. To shut out the screams of other prisoners and to forget their fears, the “shadow women” passed each day by sharing their life stories.

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One person found this helpful. The accounts such as of Sultana Princess, Daughters of A ‘Mayada’ is so touching and immediate that one cannot but be aroused and moved. Feb 20, Patille Madaghjian rated it it was amazing. Yet Mayada is only interrogated once and suffers mild torture compared to the descriptions of what the other inmates undergo.

An easy read in that it’s one woman’s story – a difficult read from the point mayaxa view that it’s absolutely horrifying what people suffered under Saddam, Uday and Qusay. Jan 21, Bebel rated it it was amazing. Stay in Touch Sign up. When Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party seized power inMayada didn’t foresee the devastation it would wreak upon her life and her beloved country.

It was somewhat traumatic for me.

Her world crumbles when she is off to Baladiyat prison fo Wow. Each shadow woman has her own story of despair; one worse than the next. Sasson’s candid, straightforward matada of Mayada’s time among the 17 “shadow women” crammed into Cell 52 gives readers a glimpse of the cruelty and hardship endured by generations of Iraqis.


I always knew that things were grim, but I guess I wasn’t macabre enough Her world crumbles when she is taken to Baladiyat prison for a crime that she has not commit.

Chemical Ali and the Veil 7. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. If you choose to read this book, understand that the torture under Saddam Hussein is graphic and horrifying.

A year later, Mayada, granddaughter of a revered Iraqi hero who fought with Lawrence of Arabia, a former journalist, modern businesswoman, and the mother of two children, was arrested and imprisoned on allegations that her business was printing antigovernment flyers.

Dante believed that, “The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who in times of moral crisis remain neutral. Mayada fascinated her cellmates with tales of her prominent family and of her own meetings with Saddam Hussein and Chemical Ali.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I saw them shot up and raked by helicopter fire. When Mayada glanced to the floor beneath those hooks, she saw splashes of fresh blood, which she supposed were left mayaea from the torture sessions she had heard during the night.

How is this symbolic of the entire reality of the shadow women of cell 52? An avid reader from an early age, she had read all the books in her school library by the time she was 15 years old.