Christina will discuss the plight of women living and serving in Iraq and offer some ideas on how women's rights and Islam might be reconciled. Afterwards, Asquith will be available to sign copies of her new book, Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq. Christina Asquith went to Baghdad on assignment in 2003 and spent two years reporting from the front lines. By fall 2004, as the insurgency strengthened, all journalists living in Baghdad were under death threat. Two of Asquith's Iraqi girlfriends agreed to hide her in their Baghdad house for safety. Living with an Iraqi family gave her an up-close look at how the war had affected their lives: they had little electricity or water, lived in constant fear of mortar attack or suicide bomb, and while women had walked the streets freely under Saddam, they could no longer leave home unaccompanied by a man and were forced to veil or risk being groped or killed. From this experience, Asquith decided to follow their lives and write Sisters in War. (phoenixbooksvt)
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