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La Prisonniere by Malika Oufkir

this book is banned from Morocco...

"Malika Oufkir was born into a proud Berber family in 1953, the eldest daughter of the King of Morocco''s closest aide. She was adopted by the king to be a companion to his little daughter, and at the royal court of Rabat, Malika grew up locked away in a golden cage, among the royal wives and concubines.

But when Malika was eighteen, in 1972, her father was arrested after an attempt to assassinate the king. General Oufkir was swiftly and summarily executed. Malika, her beautiful mother and her five younger brothers and sisters were seized and thrown into an isolated desert jail. For fifteen years, they had no contact with the outside world, and lived in increasingly barbaric and inhumane conditions.

Like a modern Scheherazade, Malika kept up the spirits of her younger siblings by telling them stories every night about an epic world of her own invention. Then, after fifteen endless years of imprisonment, the Oufkir children managed to dig a tunnel with their bare hands, and made an audacious escape. Although they were recaptured after five days, the ensuing public outrage resulted in house arrest rather than a return to prison. In 1996, Malika was finally permitted to leave Morocco to begin a new life in exile.

La Prisonnière is a heart-rending account of resilience in the face of extreme deprivation, of the courage and even humour with which one family faced their tormented fate. A shocking true story, it is hard to comprehend that it could have happened in our own times."

this was from the books publisher, when i read this book (about 3 years ago) i was so shocked i didnt even know this happened...
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wow now that's a nice book to read ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT :D is this book available anywhere sis?

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wow sounds like a good book.. thnx girl smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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I read about her story in newspapers, but haven’t read her book. Hard to believe isn’t it? Her father Oufkir organized the assassination of The king Hassan II. Oufkir and his “friends” tried to shoot the king’s plane I think. They failed, so the king executed them. He killed the father Oufkir and sent the family to prison in the desert.
The king wanted to make of them a living lesson for anyone who dare think about undertaking a coup against the KING; the utmost of heartless and cruelty.

There is another book : TAZMAMART by Christine Daure Serfaty. Reading this book I wanted to cry. How can human beings mistreat other human beings this way?

“A shocking true story, it is hard to comprehend that it could have happened in our own times”

What a naïve statement…

Thanks Myriame

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yea, at some points i was like "this is not true, it cant be" she was literally his daughter for most of her life and he still did that to her, and the conditions they lived in sucked, and can u imagine having to dig ur way out of an underground cave only to be in the middle of nowhere?

its still a good book.. i think you can get it anywhere except for Morocco.. i got mine from chapters, but any book store and i would imagine any library would have it