My Forbidden Face
It is important to stand up against oppression- Latifa continually emphasizes the importance of standing up and going against oppressive forces. She herself takes a stand and publicly speaks against the Taliban in an interview. She also starts up an underground school, a direct violation of Taliban law, as a way to fight the oppression she is faced with.
'I will do more than pray, because when the last Talib has put away his black turban and I can be a free woman in a free Afghanistan. I will take up my life there, as my duty as a citizen and woman.'
1989 The Taliban begin to take parts of Afghanistan
1996 The Taliban take over Latifa's home city, Kabul
1996-2000 Latifa struggles with depression as she is stuck in her house under the Taliban. During this time, her only happiness comes from her illicit school.
2000 Latifa and some of her family leave Afghanistan to be interviewed by a reporter from Elle magazine
2000 She is banned from her country for speaking against the Taliban, leaving her stuck in Europe
Present She continues to write, speak up against the Taliban and advocate for women's rights
'You must be brave, you must not be afraid of anyone, you are only trying to get an education, you are not committing a crime.'
'When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.'
'One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."
Latifa, My Forbidden Face, Virago UK, 2002