As the only woman, I was able to sit with the officers in front, with a glass of vodka in one hand and a cucumber in the other. That’s how I went to my first war.
If I leave, reality will devour me. Then they will all really be dead.
When I decided to stay in Iraq, I decided to take the fear out of my body and put it into a freezer.
The family is the single most important institution in Afghan culture. It is described in the country’s constitution as the ‘fundamental pillar of society’.
If I lose, then I have to accept that my way of writing books is not the way society says it’s okay to write.
If we can’t understand the Afghan family, we can’t understand Afghanistan.
I will get a loan and pay the money the court asks for. But I will not lay down my writing and I still say this was an important book to write.
If my name had not been cleared, it would have been difficult, perhaps impossible, to continue as a journalist.
The judgment means a lot. As a journalist being accused of invading someone’s privacy, there is always a risk that it will stick to your name.
There is nothing I would change – to change it I would have had to write a totally different book.
The book came after the fall of the Taliban, it says something about Afghan family life. Those kind of stories – what happens behind the scenes on a TV screen – are important.