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on 12 September 2013
On the twenty year anniversary of the author's visit to Kurdistan 'Sweet Tea' deserves to be more widely known about. Teresa Thornhill's training as a barrister informs the precise and moving accounts of conversations with men and women who survived the savage rule of Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime. The author's empathy comes across with the men and women she meets and the sometimes harrowing accounts are relieved by passionate descriptions of the life and landscape of Kurdistan. The Kurds: 'the largest people in the world without a state' can be seen as vigorous survivors as well as victims of decades of strife.
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.
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on 30 October 2013
Although this book has in many ways been overtaken by events, it stands as a moving and important testimony to the brutality of Saddam against the Kurdish people, and the suffering of Kurdish women in particular. What could have been rather a tedious catalogue of evil is in fact a highly readable and engaging book, and still relatively unusual in being a travelogue written by a woman about women. Well worth reading for anyone interested in the Kurdish people.
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on 19 April 2015
I had some knowledge about Iraqi Kurdistan in the late 80s and early 90s before, but while reading I realized that I didn't know that much.
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!
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on 6 January 2014
My partner was originally from Iraqi Kurdistan and I wanted to have more of an understanding of the country.
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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