The Other Princess

by Saber AZAM



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/12/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 538
ISBN : 9781984563460
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 538
ISBN : 9781984563477
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 538
ISBN : 9781984563453

About the Book

This book is a heart touching recollection of what transpired in Afghanistan in the past seven decades, a country that most believe is crucial for the future of the “Western Civilization”. It depicts the joy, disappointment and sorrow of its population as well as the inefficiency and ignorance of the sovereigns and leaders who ruled this rugged land which experts have called “the graveyard of empires”.

The volume at hand also throws light on the misdeeds of superpowers whose armies invaded either for conquest or as feigned allies, promising good governance and democracy as well as the emergence of modern terrorism which has plagued the world.

Inspired from the life of an exceptional Afghan lady, Soraya Ludin who in the 1960s was the only woman of her country to study at and graduate from the University of London, it attempts to portray how women were and are perceived and treated by their still tribal societies. Through Soraya, this book endeavors to pay tribute to all Afghan female population for the prejudice they suffer from and their incomparable resilience. It strives to over fly unfairness of cultural barriers, the existence of discrimination in the country, ravages of war that left indelible scares in the hearts and minds of peoples as well as mischiefs of “international politics” with uncalculated consequences on the lives of all and future generations.

About the Author

A native of Afghanistan, Saber AZAM left Kabul at the age of 22 for Switzerland to study at the prestigious “Ecôle Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne” where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in the field of advanced nuclear technology.

Following the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979, he turned into an advocate for mobilizing support for the Afghan Resistance, refugees and internally displaced persons while pursuing his academic endeavors. He presided over the “Comité Afghan d’Aide Humanitaire” in Geneva and engaged in discussions with Western capitals on the plight of Afghan people under the Red Army occupation as well as the post-Soviet scenarios. He also promoted the involvement of Swiss public and private sectors in reconstructing war-torn countries.

In 1994, he joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and served in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya before becoming the Deputy Special Envoy of this world body for South East Europe. In 2001, he moved to the United Nations Department for Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) and assumed senior functions in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo. In 2006, he returned to UNHCR and served as Representative of the organization in Côte d’Ivoire, Bangladesh and Rwanda as well as Regional Representative and Coordinator for Central Asia. His assignments have provided him with a deep knowledge of World’s affairs, particularly of Southwest and Central Asia, the Balkans, West and East Africa, the Rohingya situation and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.