Mayada, Daughter of IraqBy Jean Sasson
- Author: Jean Sasson
- Binding: Hardcover
- Published: 2003-10-20
- Edition: First Edition
Mayadaas story both past and present is truly incredible. Her family was one of the most distinguished and honored families in Iraq. One grandfather fought alongside Lawrence of Arabia. The other was the first true Arab nationalist (admired greatly by Saddam Hussein). Her uncle was Prime Minister of Iraq for nearly forty years; her mother, an important government official.
From personal meetings with Saddam Hussein and Chemical Ali to raising two small children as a single mother, Mayadaas life was at once privileged, yet carefully balanced. But life can shift quickly in Iraq and Mayada finds herself thrown into a small cell with seventeen other women. The shadow women. The women rally around each other to share their unbelievable stories and in so doing gain the strength to survive. The names of the shadow women are scrawled in charcoal onto the cell wall in the hopes that one day one of them will make it out to tell others of their existence. This is Mayadaas courageous story, but also that of her sisters.