This was an eye opening and horrifying book. It went into detail without being too graphic. A touching story of a young girl's survival of being set on fire and birthing a son shortly afterwards; she did this all by herself because everyone was just waiting for her to die and didn't care for her well being at all. And then Jacqueline showed up....... Thank God for women like her!
When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her West Bank village, as in so many others, sex before marriage is considered a grave dishonor to one's family and is punishable by death. This was her crime. Her brother-in-law was given the task of meting out her punishment. One morning while Souad was washing the family's clothes, he poured gasoline over her and set her on fire. Miraculously, she survived, rescued by women of her village, who put out the flames and took her to a local hospital. Horribly burned over seventy percent of her body and still denounced by her family, Souad was able to receive the care she needed only after the intervention of a European aid worker. Now in permanent exile from her homeland, she has decided to tell her story and reveal the barbarity of a practice that continues to this day. Burned Alive ...is the first true account ever published by a victim of an "honor crime." Souad's inspiring testimony is a shocking, moving, and harrowing story of cruelty and incomparable courage...and an inspiring call to action to end a heinous tradition.
A chilling account of a woman's life living in a poor muslim village on the West Bank. Souad explains in graphic detail her life as a child and young woman in a backwards culture where the men treat their farm animals far better than their women.
Horrifying, fascinating, and a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what life is really like in any culture that practices "honor killing."
Honor killing: The murder, by a family member, of a girl or a young woman suspected of not respecting familly's honor code.
Any behavior questioning a girl's virginity, being seen talking with men outside the family, wearing dress judged indecent, getting home late at night, talking over the phone with a male friend may arouse familly's suspicions and result in an honor killing.
Powerful autobiography is a must read if you are curious about the plight of women in other cultures.
Hard to believe there are still places in this world where women are considered of no worth at all.
This is one of the most emotional books I've ever read. Nothing has made me appreciate where I was born than this book. Souad, whose name has been changed for her protection, is so brave, and through it all kept her faith in Allah. She is brave even when she doesn't want to be. She has worked so hard to make it to the place she is now in life. Warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. I am still having nightmares from it.
This is a horribly shocking account of one woman's life and miraculous survival of an honor killing. It is so sad and quite frankly unbelievable that this kind of thing still goes on in this world, but it does. The saddest part is that the women living under these conditions have no clue that life does not have to be that way. It is truly all they know. To them this is normal and acceptable.
I would not recommend this book for anyone with a weak stomach or for young teens who may not be able to handle the harsh realities of these factual events, but I highly recomend this book to all others. It is a real eye opener.