Gay Afghan Man Sheds Light on His Struggles

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Author Hamid Zaher announces the release of his new memoir

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The reading of my memoirs, as overcoming the extreme hardships, may be an encouragement for readers for struggling with obstacles, pursuing their goals, and continuing their efforts, despite all distresses and lack of support.

In his memoir “It Is Your Enemy Who Is Dock-Tailed: A Memoir” (published by iUniverse), now released in an English translation, Hamid Zaher takes readers into his home country of Afghanistan, sharing the hardships and difficulties he had as a gay man living in a country that, as he states in the book, actively discriminated against him and others like him.

Growing up in Afghanistan, Zaher was more comfortable in the company of women. He eventually realized he was homosexual – a subject that was taboo in his country and one that was never discussed. In this memoir, Zaher tells the story of his life journey as a gay man in an attempt to acknowledge the existence of homosexuality in Afghanistan.

From the lens of cultural exploration, Zaher writes about the discrimination and abuse that gay men face in Afghanistan. But he also writes from a personal perspective, offering readers a glimpse into the feelings and emotions he experienced as he grew into adulthood realizing he was not like the other boys and men in his village.

By sharing his personal experiences, Zaher hopes to inspire others who have been denigrated and neglected in Afghanistan. “The reading of my memoirs, as overcoming the extreme hardships, may be an encouragement for readers for struggling with obstacles, pursuing their goals, and continuing their efforts, despite all distresses and lack of support.”

About the Author
Hamid Zaher was born to a rustic family in the Parvan province of Afghanistan. He graduated from the pharmacy faculty of Kabul University in 1998. Zaher left his country in 2001 because he was discriminated against as a homosexual. After years of hardships in Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, he reached his current home of Canada in March of 2008.

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