Biography ‘Betrayed’: 19-year-old, Latifa Ali was dumped by her mother in Iraq where she lived like a slave for 1093 days

A story of an Iraqi woman Latifa Ali 

Latifa Ali’s gut-wrenching biography is all you need to read before you curse or troll women asking for equal rights as men. You’d have an answer towards the end of this 257 pages book and it’d most likely to be in the favor of women.

I wonder, how watching movies and listening to music is haram but raping, forcing a woman to child marriage, and burning her alive is not? Latifa Ali was an Australian citizen although her roots were from Kurdistan, Iraq. 

Things you should expect from this book:

An Unforgettable Story 

Her family fled to Australia to become one of the Kurd refugees there, Latifa was only five years old at that time. She grew up in Australia like other Aussi teenagers and got an education in the best school. She lived with her parents and younger brother. Her parents never forced their children to follow any conservative Kurd’s culture or pray five times a day. They followed the western culture. But, what made Latifa’s father change drastically and physically abuse his daughter? Why Baian, Latifa’s mother, betrayed and left her in Iran? 

It’s going to be an unforgettable story for everyone who reads this book. Her plight is very well depicted by Richard Shears, an award-winning journalist. The plot construction is crisp and to the point. There is almost no loophole in the book, which will help you to finish it in a day or two. It’s unputtable.

An outlook on the dangerous impact of a patriarchy society

The book beautifully depicts the danger of patriarchy dominance in society. Latifa’s father has drastically changed since he has returned to Iran after settling a divorce with his wife. From a loving and caring father, he has turned into a monster by beating his daughter with cable wire and imprisoning her in the house. 

The story of Latifa also highlights the disastrous life of women in Kurdistan, Northern Iran. Women have no choice other than to listen to their male partners. Most of the girls are married by the age of 15, they don’t get a higher education, they need to look after household chores and entertainment in any form such as cinema and music is banned for them. Men have no such restrictions; they can enjoy anything they want.     

Women adaption with cruel things, calling them their Kismat 

Honour killing is vividly talked about in the book. Latifa lived with the stories of her cousins or some neighbors being killed by their family members for the suspicion of an affair. For a woman who grew up in the west, it was hard to accept such a cruel custom that gives no freedom to women and suppresses their voices this way. She was terrified to the core to be trapped in a mad land where nobody speaks a word against such barbaric acts.

Kill a woman if she brings shame to the family, that’s what everyone believed. And, how could a Kurd woman bring shame to her family? If she put on makeup; if she wears short clothes; if she desires to listen to the music; if she dares to fall in love and so on, in many other ridiculous ways.  

The virginity of a woman is tested on a white sheet. No blood after the first night of marriage, kill the bride. 

How did Latifa escape?

Read Latifa’s journey to understand how from being a captive to her own house, she became a free Australian citizen. Also, this book undresses the sick mentality of men who think women are no better than keeping the house clean and giving birth to babies.