Mud City. A book about a girl with a dream that is almost impossible to achieve in her position. Deborah Ellis.
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A book about a girl with a dream that is almost impossible to achieve in her position.
Characters: The characters in Mud City are Shuzia, the girl with an amazing dream
that she never wants to let go. In the mean time, she is in a refugee camp
in Afghanistan. Jasper is her dog who helps her when she comes across
jobs and people that she fears. Miss Weera is the manager of the women's
refugee camp. She uses Shuzia for her “little jobs.” Parvana, who is not in
the story is her long lost best friend who left the camp and promised that
she would meet Shuzia in Paris. There are many more, but these are the
most important to the story.
Conflict: Shuzia has a dream that she is not willing to let go of, but might have to
because of what she goes through.
Setting: Afghanistan (towns, prisons, streets, a refugee camp)
Themes: Never let go of a dream. Even if you are to small to achieve it.
Refugee camps are for women and men who fled to Afghanistan after the Soviet Invasion in 1979. There, they were safe. Roofs over their heads and the sound of bombs and gunshots ringing in their ears was gone.
Women: They come if their sons, daughters, or husbands have been imprisoned or killed or if the women and their child have no where to go. Without a husband in Afghanistan an many other countries you are considered worthless. So you have no where to go. Usually, women try to get employed, but in the mean time they have no money which means no food and no roof over your head. Some women end up suffering and dyeing or being terribly sick. The lucky ones find a refugee camp that is willing to take them in.
The Taliban is an organization trying to govern Afghanistan. It is a political movement. They don’t believe in human rights and try to enforce their beliefs and take over the country. They kill people for things they didn’t do. Innocent people who have to feed their families. In the war right now we are trying to defeat them so everybody can be equal and have rights that they don’t have now. Afghans know the Taliban as the “alternative government.