Jean Sasson has spent her career sharing the personal stories of courageous Middle Eastern women. PRINCESS: Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia was an international bestseller. It has become a classic, taught in colleges and high schools and devoured by anyone who aspires to understand the Middle East.
Yasmeena was quite literally an innocent abroad. She was a college educated, English-speaking flight attendant graced with an unusual amount of confidence and sophistication. She was also a virgin and a conservative Muslim daughter and sister.
When Yasmeena's flight out of Kuwait was delayed, it was because Saddam Hussein had just invaded Kuwait. Iraqi soldiers threw her into a woman's prison where the guards committed ghastly sexual attacks and tortured the women in excruciating ways.
After Yasmeena was brutalized by the captain of the prison, she thought she was the most unfortunate woman on earth. But that was before she befriended Lana, whose brutal rapist took glee in inflicting hurt. Yasmeena used her position as the captain's favorite to protect her friend, though she also was forced into a wrenching decision.
YASMEENA'S CHOICE reads like a thriller. As the Americans and other allies march into Kuwait and the Iraqis flee, Yasmeena escapes. Eventually she finds a safe harbor where Sasson interviews her and records every horrific element of her experience.
Sasson has wanted to write this story for many years. But she knew that the sexual explicitness and violence would make the tale difficult to publish. A year ago, Yasmeena's story and the choices she was forced to make invaded Sasson's dreams. She realized that now was the right time to share the story. And so here it is, Sasson's testament to an articulate, angry, brave young woman who not only survived but who was eager to share her story with the world.
PRAISE FOR JEAN SASSON'S WORK:
"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine
"A chilling story...a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly
"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." --USA Today
"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle
|Publisher:||Frank Schaffer Publications|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)|
About the Author
Still traveling the world, Jean has made her homebase in Atlanta, Georgia where she is a passionate animal rights and women's rights supporter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am the author of this book and I hope my readers understand that during the writing process it was very difficult to tell Yasmeena's story in a way that would not shock the reader. War rape is very difficult to write about because of the brutal and intimate nature of the attacks. But I felt I owed it to Yasmeena, and all women who have undergone the horror and helplessness of being captured, held against their will, and brutally raped, not once, but time and time again. As I was writing this story, I kept asking myself this question: WHEN will the world community come together and demand appropriate punishment for men who believe that women are war booty? I hope that Yasmeena's true story touches hearts, and joins us all in a commitment to help and change the very casual attitude so many people have regarding war rape.
I have read every Jean Sasson book I can find. The stories Jean tells are so often very difficult to read. To realize how many women are treated in other countries is unbelieveable. That humans can treat other humans in the ways described in Jeans books is heartbreaking and disturbing to th human soul. I give thanks to Jean for having the heart and courage to write these stories. Yes, the world needs to know and people must work together to make changes. From our mouths, to Gods ears. Posted by....... Pamisue.
I devoured this book as soon as I started it because it was so interested and the type of book that I could not put down. I have never read a book like this before. Jean Sasson is such an exceptional writer because it is almost like she is speaking directly to the readers through the passages in this book. I knew very little about the Gulf War before I read this book but after reading this I learned so much because the author provided so many facts and firsthand information.