Seierstad had set out to write a book about Afghan culture and the story of one family’s experience of surviving the tragedy of civil war. She claims that the book was “based on true incidents I have participated in or stories I have been told”. It includes “revelations” about the family’s sex lives and “forbidden loves” – sometimes using their real names – which left the family feeling insulted demeaned and violated. They argue that the book is based on lies and misrepresentations, but even if it was all true was Seierstad justified in writing it?
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Conor Foley has worked for a variety of human rights and humanitarian aid organizations, including Liberty, Amnesty International and the UNHCR, in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. His books include Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors and his new book, The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War, is available now in paperback.