By Manal Omar
"Walk barefoot and the thorns will damage you…" ―Iraqi-Turkmen proverb
A riveting tale of wish and depression, of elation and longing, Barefoot in Baghdad takes you to front traces of a unique type of conflict, the place the unsung freedom opponents are powerful, vibrant―and female.
An American reduction employee of Arab descent, Manal Omar strikes to Iraq to aid as many girls as she will rebuild their lives. She speedy unearths herself drawn into the saga of a humans made up our minds to upward thrust from the ashes of conflict and sanctions and rebuild their lives within the face of crushing chaos. this can be a chronicle of Omar's friendships with numerous Iraqis whose lives are crumbling prior to her eyes. it's a story of affection, as her dating with one Iraqi guy intensifies in a rustic in turmoil. And it's the heartrending tales of the ladies of Iraq, as they grapple with what it capacity to be girl in a place of origin you not recognize.
"Manal Omar captures the advanced truth of dwelling and dealing in war-torn Iraq, a fact that tells the tale of affection and desire in the course of bombs and explosions."―Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of ladies for girls foreign, and writer (with Laurie Becklund) of the nationwide bestselling ebook Between Worlds: break out from Tyranny: growing to be Up within the Shadow of Saddam
"A interesting, sincere, and encouraging portrait of a women's rights activist in Iraq, suffering to assist neighborhood girls whereas exploring her personal id. Manal Omar is a talented consultant into Iraq, as she is familiar with the sector, speaks Arabic, and wears the veil. At turns humorous and tragic, she contains a strong message for ladies, and can provide it via appealing storytelling."―Christina Asquith, writer of Sisters in conflict: a narrative of affection, kin and Survival within the New Iraq
"At turns humorous and tragic…a strong message for girls, [delivered] via attractive storytelling."―Christina Asquith, writer of Sisters in War
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We were to make a final decision in the next few weeks. The three staffers stood in a line, looking at me as if I had landed from outer space. I reached out to shake their hands. All three appeared to be frozen in place, and then they shook my hand awkwardly and gave me tight, forced smiles. The look of disappointment on their faces was obvious, although I didn’t know its source. I tried to break the awkwardness by asking a few questions. They mumbled answers, looking more annoyed than comforted.
It wasn’t working. “If you must help someone, help your own relatives in Palestine,” my mother shot back bitterly. “I just don’t understand. Your boss used to love you. ” I sighed. My mother was a lost cause. My father seemed slightly more persuadable. Then he shook his head. The answer was no. This didn’t bode well. He was a man of few words, and I knew they were final when he uttered them. He took his time to make a decision, but once he had decided, it was almost impossible to overturn his verdict.
When we headed toward the hotel lobby, I began mentally drafting my first mass email to my friends and family. I couldn’t wait to describe everything I had seen this week: the city, the women, the program we were starting. Most of all, I couldn’t wait to tell them that I had been right all along. Everything was going to be just fine. Although life in Iraq instantly grew on me, it would be misleading to say I quickly grew on the new Iraq. I desperately fought back the feeling that I was the odd woman standing.
Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos by Manal Omar