Bestselling author Jean Sasson tells the dramatic true story of a young woman caught up in Saddam Hussein s genocide of the Kurdish people of Iraq. ne morning Joanna, a young bride living in the Kurdish mountains of Iraq, was surprised to see dead birds drop silently out of the clear sky.They were followed by sinister canisters falling from helicopters, bringing fear and death. t was 1987, and Saddam Hussein had ordered his cousin Chemical Ali to bombard Joanna s village, Bergalou, with chemical weapons. Temporarily blinded in the attack, Joanna was rescued by her husband, a Kurdish freedom fighter. After being caught in another bombardment and left for dead in the rubble, they managed to flee over the mountains in a harrowing escape. ow living in the UK and working as a translator, Joanna has told her story to Jean Sasson, the bestselling chronicler of oppressed women s lives. Love in a Torn Land is published while the world watches the unfolding of Saddam s trial for his crimes against humanity, including the genocide of the Kurdish people.
Jean Sasson is the author of the worldwide bestsellers Princess, Daughters of Arabia, Desert Royal and Mayada, Daughter of Iraq. She lived in Saudi Arabia for twelve years before moving back to the USA in 1990. She has recently returned to live in the Middle East.