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7-11-12: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
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This conversation first aired April 2, 2012.
The news out of Afghanistan this year has been heartbreaking, particularly the massacre of Afghan civilians and the murder of American soldiers in reprisal for burning Korans. Lost in the headlines are the voices of Afghans who work quietly each day for progress in their country–and especially missing is news of what’s going on with Afghan women.
Those are the stories that writer Gayle Tzemach Lemmon has been collecting and telling for seven years. She went from producing political journalism for ABC News to studying international development at Harvard, then traveling to Afghanistan. What she learned there is the story of her book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe.
Sheilah talks to Lemmon about the book.