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Raising My Voice: The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dares to Speak Out by Malalai Joya

By Christina Lamb, published in The Sunday Times, July 13, 2009

A few months ago in Afghanistan I met a woman who had been forced into hiding because she ran a women’s project making jam. Imagine the risk then taken by Afghanistan’s youngest female member of parliament, who speaks out repeatedly against the warlords who still dominate Afghan society. Malalai Joya has to move house every few days, and going to visit her feels like stepping into a cross between a John le Carré novel and a Harry Potter movie.

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