Anisa Mahmoud Ulrich’s life has many ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ aspects which she shares with an open heart in her memoir, Lifing the Chaderi: My Life as an Afghan Refugee.
I am reading her book now and find it engrossing, empowering and hard to put down. It offers a rare look into the Afghan experience.
Please join me at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday May 12 at 2:30 to meet this amazing, brave woman and learn more about her story. Books will be available for purchase at $15. (Sales tax will be waived.)
Anisa grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1960s and studied to become a nurse in the 70s. In 1978 she returned from a special study program in the United States to find a very different political climate with conflict between a new communist regine and the opposing Mujahidin. As the fighting escalated, Anisa and some of her family became refugees, escaping first to Pakistan and eventually to the United States. It took another 25 years before it was possible for Anisa to return to Afghanistan and reconnect with her homeland.