An American Aid worker of Arab descent who currently works for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Manal Omer moved to Iraq to help as many women as she possibly can to rebuild their lives. She quickly found herself drawn into the saga of a people determined to rise from the ashes of war and sanctions and rebuild their lives in the face of crushing chaos.
Barefoot in Baghdad is the heartrending stories of the women of Iraq, as they grapple with what it means to be female in a homeland you no longer recognize. Zainab Salabi, author of a national best seller on growing upp in the era of Saddam in Iraq, said about barefoot in Baghdad: “Manal Omer captures the complex reality of living and working in war-torn Iraq, a reality that tells the story of love and hope in the midst of bombs and explosions.”
Christina Asquith, author of “Sisters in War” said about the book:: “A fascinating, honest and inspiring portrait of a women’s rights activist in Iraq, struggling to help local women while exploring her own identity”.
Barefoot in Baghdad was published by Sourcebooks ( www.sourcebooks.com ).