The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

Author(s): Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Biography & Memoir

When the Taliban took control of Kabul, Kamela Sediqi and all the women of Kabul saw their lives transformed. Overnight, they were banned from schools and offices and even forbidden from leaving their front doors on their own. The economy collapsed and young men left the city in search of work and security. Desperate to help her family and support her five brothers and sisters at home, Kamela began sewing cothes in her living room. Little did she know that the tailoring business she started to help her siblings would be the beginning of a dresmaking business that would create jobs and hope for one hundred neighbourhood women and would come to mean the difference between starvation and survival for hundreds of families like her own.


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'THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA gives voice to many of our world's unsung heroines. Against all odds, these young women created hope and community, and they never gave up. This book is guaranteed to move you - and to show you a side of Afghanistan few ever see.' -- ANGELINA JOLIE 'Kamela Sediqi's unforgettable story shows just how far we are willing to go for those we love, and proves once again the power of girls to remake our world. This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read.' -- GREG MORTENSON, author of THREE CUPS OF TEA "Gayle Lemmon's riveting portrait of Kamila, told with grace, elegance and passion, captures the extraordinary tenacity and ingenuity of one woman who quietly broke the rules to defy the Taliban and save her family. A powerful read that serves as a reminder that Afghanistan can never thrive until it embraces the active involvement of women--with their resourcefulness, spirit and resilience-- in its leadership and future." -- Tina Brown

Gayle Tzamach Lemmon worked as a journalist for nearly ten years and as a producer with ABC News Political Unit. She has an MBA from Harvard where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in war zones, including in Afghanistan.

General Fields

  • : 9781848545557
  • : John Murray General Publishing Division
  • : John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • : June 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 646.40092
  • : 288