Stolen Lives

Stolen Lives

Twenty Years in A Desert Jail

Book - 2001
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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.

Gardners
This is the true story of the hardship endured by a Moroccan family incarcerated for 20 years by King Hassan II of Morocco. The father had been executed for attempting to assassinate the king, and the author Malika and her five siblings were separated from each other and the outside world.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
Series:
ISBN: 9780553813029
0553813021
9780786867325
0786867329
Branch Call Number: B OUF
Characteristics: vii, 293 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Ros
Fitoussi, Michele

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