Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war - a rare achievement for any Afghan woman - Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own. 

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is a heart-wrenching, heartwarming story about the courageous women of war-ravaged Afghanistan, akin to Greg Mortenson’s inspiring best-seller, Three Cups of Tea. Set in Kabul, it is the true tale of the heroines who managed to survive the brutality of the Taliban regime, the “bread winners in burqas,” who not only suffered but flourished against inconceivable odds right under the noses of their implacable minders and tormentors….” (Washington Times)

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon