The Other Side of War

Women's Stories of Survival and Hope

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by Zainab Salbi, photographs by Susan Meiselas, Sylvia Plachy and Lekha Singh, edited by Laurie Becklund, preface by Alice Walker

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In this bold and heart-rending commentary, Zainab Salbi takes readers into the heart of Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Sudan to hear the stories of women who daily reclaim the lives of their families and communities from the ashes of conflict.

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"War is not a computer-generated missile striking a digital map. War is the color of earth as it explodes in our faces, the sound of a child pleading, the smell of smoke and fear. Women survivors of war are not the single image portrayed on the television screen, but the glue that holds families and countries together. Perhaps by understanding women, and the other side of war...we will have more humility in our discussions of wars...perhaps it is time to listen to women's side of history."

– Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International

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