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Malalai Joya speaks to Johann Hari

July 28, 2009

The story of Malalai Joya turns everything we have been told about Afghanistan inside out. In the official rhetoric, she is what we have been fighting for. Here is a young Afghan woman who set up a secret underground school for girls under the Taliban and — when they were toppled — cast off the burka, ran for parliament, and took on the religious fundamentalists…

I very much look forward to reading ‘Raising My Voice’ by Malalai Joya published by Rider at £11.99. All profits will go to supporting the cause of women’s rights in Afghanistan. You can donate to her campaigns at

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