Posted on February 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two newly published books provide a glimpse into worlds that few Westerners have experienced, in the hopes of raising awareness about the suffering they reveal.

The first one is Gulbahar Haitiwaji's memoir, How I Survived a Chinese Reeducation Camp, which comes out tomorrow.

The Uyghur woman described to Scott Simon, through her daughter, what caused her to be imprisoned and what action she hopes the Western world will take against China, for its treatment of millions of Uyghur Muslims.

You can read a transcript of or listen to Haitiwaji's appearance on NPR's website.

The second one was in the works for years, but developments in the past year have greatly amplified its relevancy.

My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird is a collection of short stories, all written by Afghan women.

The Guardian explains that Lucy Hannah founded the organization Untold Narratives to share the work of marginalized writers.

Untold Narratives was already working on the Afghan anthology when COVID-19 hit — complicating efforts — and when the Taliban retook Afghanistan, the project became even more ambitious ... and relevant.

Hannah and some of the writers share more about the importance and value of My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird with the Guardian.

(The book came out last week in the UK, but US readers will have to either take a trip across the pond or wait until the fall.)

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