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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Fighting For a Future: Trapped Behind the Border by Shabnam Ighani is the courageous story of a woman as she works toward a better future for herself and her little sons. Shabnam was living a happy life in Iran when her world came crashing down. Things changed dramatically when Iran was revolutionized to become the Islamic Republic in the year 1979. Being of the Bahá'i faith, Shabnam and her two young sons were discriminated against and avoided. With no opportunities now available to her, Shabnam knew she needs to get out of there before she was fully embroiled in this misery. She grabbed her sons, packed her bags with enough essentials that she could carry, and started her journey to freedom. However, the journey ahead was not easy. Regardless of how optimistic Shabnam was, she knew she would have her work cut out for her before she and her little boys were free at last.
Author Shabnam Ighani had a terrible life before she did something about it. I couldn’t imagine the harsh living conditions she had to endure just because of her religious beliefs. Her drive to give a better life to her sons and protect them from discrimination was admirable. Shabnam’s journey on foot to the Turkish border was terrifying. Each detail was harrowing and heart-stopping for me. The descriptions and the narrative made the story feel real, and I guess that was what Shabnam Ighani wanted to achieve. Her story was truly inspirational and encouraging. Getting to Australia was hard, but Shabnam never lost hope, and that was what kept her going. Truly inspirational and encouraging!