Feb 20, Patille Madaghjian rated it it was amazing Wow. This book has truly opened my eyes to see how much women suffered in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. Her family is treated like royalty and so Mayada had lived a privileged life. Her world crumbles when she is taken to Baladiyat prison Wow. Her world crumbles when she is taken to Baladiyat prison for a crime that she has not commit.
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Feb 20, Patille Madaghjian rated it it was amazing Wow. This book has truly opened my eyes to see how much women suffered in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. Her family is treated like royalty and so Mayada had lived a privileged life.
Her world crumbles when she is taken to Baladiyat prison Wow. Her world crumbles when she is taken to Baladiyat prison for a crime that she has not commit. She was said to print leaflets at her printing shop against Saddam Hussein. Under the cruel and agonizing reign of Saddam Hussein, Iraq had suffered a great deal, and most people were taken to prison for no reason and were tortured brutally.
I was truly appalled at how Iraqis were treated in prison. I was so shocked at how the guards acted like animals and beat the prisoners. The women were hit continuously with a whip, beaten up, burned, electrocuted, raped I could hardly believe that these women survived!
I know if I was in Baladiyat, I could never have survived that kind of torment! They were truly brave. I recoiled in horror at the descriptions of their wounds; their backs would look like a mess of freshly cut flesh with blood oozing out.
But what really touched my heart was the love these women had for each other. They would encourage each other to stay alive and keep praying so that they can see their families once again. If it was not for the friendship of Samara, I think Mayada would never have survived.
Not only did the women, along with other prisoners, bear the physical scars of their torture sessions, but their minds can never rid the memories either. They are mentally scarred for life! Mayada will never forget her time in Baladiyat, even though she was only there for a month, while the other women had been there for years.
The sudden disappearance of a husband, wife, son, daughter, mother or father would cause a loved one to swirl into a nightmare. They would not know if their loved one was dead, imprisoned, or kidnapped, and they would not know why. They would get no notification whatsoever. I was completely heartbroken by their suffering and desperation to find their loved one or just know if they were alive. Iraqis lived in constant threat of imprisonment or death if they said or did anything opposing to Saddam.
My heart really went out to these innocent people. This book has opened my eyes to the misery and distress people felt under the reign of this vindictive, evil dictator. Who died? Who survived? I will never know, and that is what deeply saddens me. I recommend this book to everyone because it truly opens your eyes and mind to what our world is. It can be a vicious place for many innocent people who just want to be with family and friends and have a good time. All they want to do is be educated and be happy.
Is that too much to ask for? I am really astounded by how the magnificent women of cell 52 struggled to survive physically and mentally just so they could see their children and family. My heart goes out to these extraordinary women.
Mayada: Daughter of Iraq by Jean Sasson- Book Review
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Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein
Mayada, Daughter of Iraq