Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War

By Deborah Ellis

Since its ebook in 2000, thousands of youngsters worldwide have learn and enjoyed The Breadwinner. by means of examining the tale of eleven-year-old Parvana and her struggles residing lower than the fear of the Taliban, younger readers got here to understand the plight of youngsters in Afghanistan.

But what has occurred to Afghanistan’s young ones because the fall of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to determine. She interviewed teenagers who spoke approximately their lives now. they're nonetheless dwelling in a rustic torn aside via conflict. Violence and oppression nonetheless exist, really affecting the lives of ladies, however the young children are weathering their lives with braveness and optimism: "I was once exceptionally inspired through the feel of urgency those young ones have — desiring to get as a lot schooling and lifestyles adventure and enjoyable as they could, simply because they by no means recognize while the growth goes to be reduced on them again."
The dozen or so kids featured within the ebook diversity in age from ten to seventeen. Many are women Deb met via tasks funded through Canadian ladies for ladies in Afghanistan, the association that's supported by means of royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana’s Fund presents supplies in the direction of schooling initiatives for Afghan girls and kids, together with colleges, libraries and literacy programs.

All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul also will visit ladies for girls in Afghanistan.

Aftermatter features a map, thesaurus, a quick background of Afghanistan and recommendations for extra reading/resources.

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