By Latifa Ali, Richard Shears
This is often the genuine tale of Latifa Ali, raised as a Westerner, yet betrayed via her friends and family and left a prisoner of her father in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. She has no allies, no liberty as a Muslim lady and no entry to any embassy.
As the 'war on terror' rages round her, Latifa is at battle with Iraqi tradition and customs. Imprisoned, abused and violated, her efforts to flee fail and her demise looms nearer. operating as a undercover agent, consorting with the UN and racing for the border, Latifa has a perilous mystery that, if uncovered, will threaten her lifestyles.
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18 THE WIDOW CLICQUOT She heard, of course, the stories of his time in Switzerland. His parents had been anxious to help him avoid the military when the Revolution spiraled into war. The whole point of sending François to complete his education in Switzerland in 1792, just as conscriptions into the army were becoming inevitable, was to dodge the draft. Young men in France were being forcibly rounded up to serve in the military, and Philippe was anxious to get François out of the country. Like Barbe-Nicole’s father, Philippe put on a show of being a radical patriot.
It made her something of a cynic. She could also understand that with François as their only son, his parents had staked their ﬁnancial future on the day when he could take over the family business. They would face an uncertain old age if he died in the muddy ﬁelds of Austria, and it was clearly in their best interests to keep him safe. What she could not have known and would have found less reassuring were the other reasons Philippe and Catherine-Françoise must have had for wanting to keep François out of the army.
But their stories would not have been lost to Barbe-Nicole. In fact, increasingly, they would have been the cause of raised eyebrows in a small city like Reims. Businesswomen—once part of a bourgeois family economy—were quickly becoming something daring and faintly disreputable. A generation older than Barbe-Nicole, women like the Widow Blanc and the Widow Robert were typical of the earlier tradition of family entrepreneurs, and the tradition was fading fast.
Betrayed by Latifa Ali, Richard Shears