By Latifa Ali
This is often the genuine tale of Latifa Ali, betrayed by means of her friends and family and saved as a prisoner by means of her father in Iraq. She has no allies, no liberty as a Muslim girl and no entry to the Australian Consulate. because the warfare on terror rages round her, Latifa is at conflict along with her tradition and customs. Imprisoned, abused and violated, her efforts to flee Iraq fail and her dying looms nearer. She grew up donning bikinis on an Australian seashore, yet was once compelled into complete Muslim costume. operating as a secret agent, consorting with the UN and racing for the border, Latifa is familiar with that the one approach to store her existence is to maintain her mystery and make an get away. A harrowing tale of independence and perseverance. discover why she nonetheless lives in worry for her lifestyles. the tale: Latifa used to be born in Iraq yet her relatives moved to Australia to flee after the realthreat of being hunted and killed through Sadam Husein.
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Let’s get out of here,’ my terrified cousin implored. ’ But Mikael was so kind and gentle with me. He never said a harsh word to me. He treated me like a lady and, being just 18, I felt on top of the world whenever I was with him. Yet I never considered us as being in a relationship—for a start, I lived in Munster and he lived miles away in Siegen and we were only able to meet for two or three days every couple of months or so. And that was how it continued as the months rolled by, with me continuing my work with our cousin at his lawyer’s office in between those visits from time to time to Siegen.
Of course, only Mikael and I knew my shameful secret. I was terrified of what lay ahead. I now knew that close relatives of my family would want evidence that my new husband had taken me. They would want to see blood on the cloth. We would have to fake it. But as the day of the Islamic marriage approached I kept going back to that fateful chicken and sweet corn evening—I’ll always remember it as that. How skilfully Mikael had taken advantage of me. There was no doubt in my mind that he had not been a virgin.
I tried not to appear shocked. I tried to control a shudder. Thank heavens I had grown up in the West. An Aussie girl. Free from such horrors. Thank God I was living in Germany where nobody seemed to care about such things. Sex was all over the TV, the cinemas, the billboards. Yet I felt so much shame. I felt betrayed by Mikael. He knew what he had done, what it meant for me. Of course, I would in time be free to marry anyone I eventually fell in love with, but his actions had denied me the chance of ever marrying anyone from my birth country, Kurdistan, and also from a just about every Muslim country in the world.