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Sweet Tea with Cardamom: Journey Through Iraqi Kurdistan Paperback – 16 Dec 1996
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The Kurds are often described as the largest people without a state in the world. After the Gulf War in 1991 Kurds in Iraq rose against Saddam Hussein’s genocidal regime, and were brutally put down. The UN moved in and set up ‘safe havens’ and, for a brief period, the Kurds set out on the road to self-government and democracy.
During these heady but precarious days, in 1993 Teresa Thornhill journeyed twice to Iraqi Kurdistan. She travelled widely throughout northern Iraq, encountering peshmerga (guerrilla fighters), British soldiers, ordinary villagers and the educated elite. She sought out and met many Kurdish women who were survivors of Saddam Hussein’s atrocities. Thornhill found herself deeply moved by the Kurds she met, and became increasingly involved with their plight. 'Sweet Tea with Cardamom' records with great insight and passion the land, the people and the struggle at a unique moment in the fight for a free Kurdistan.
Teresa Thornhill, a trained barrister and linguist, has travelled widely in the Middle East and Latin America. Her first book, 'Making Women Talk', is a study of the experiences of Palestinian women in Israeli detention.
“Deeply moving and beautifully written. The pain and exuberance of Thornhill’s encounters shine through every chapter of this book”
About the Author
Lawyer and long time campaigner for the Palestinian cause.
Top customer reviews
The author explores the campaigns of women activists for equal rights during the brief flowering of democratic self-rule permitted by the regime. An appeal for tolerance and acceptance of an ancient people with a distinct culture long accustomed to invasion and occupation, of interest to historians as well as Arabists and intrepid travellers.
This book reads like an exciting travel book (what a courageous woman, the author Teresa, an English lawyer!) and at the same time it gives so much information. I really felt for the author when she had to leave Kurdistan after 7 weeks. I totally understood and felt her sadness. I had come to love the people she'd met, her guard Mohammed who had become a brother, all the women she stayed with or met who had become friends and the women who so desperately openly shared their stories of suffering with her and wanted us to know.
As I was reading, I was painfully aware that their Peshmerga are currently fighting the Islamic State, that their country is again at war. Never ending!
Teresa writes so you see it through her eyes, but also you grasp through the
people she talks to, how tough it had been.
It filled me with compassion for the kurdish people, what they endured and how they have remained strong and determined to make their country a home.
Teresa journied In 1993, my only disapointment with the book is that there isn't a follow up, bringing the timeline more up to date,
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