But when Hameeda learns that her mother is actually alive, her life in infused with purpose. She works to bring her mother to Holland and takes the daring and unprecedented step of suing her father in the Dutch courts for the years of suffering at his hands. Hameeda relates her story of living between two cultures with exceptional eloquence, insight and tremendous emotion, discussing the different kinds of `prisons’ she has endured and survived – her inner alienation and separation from her mother, as well as the lonely disconnection of the immigrant experience. The result is a remarkably moving and profound portrait of a woman who has spent her whole life searching for the family relationships she was cruelly denied at an early age.
She wrote the bestsellers Hidden Bars, Broken Circle, Hitting Home and Help Yourself. Rights were sold to prominent publishers. Hameeda Lakho received a royal honorary medal as a Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau for her outstanding achievements.
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Hidden Bars opens a window on the modern immigrant experience: the expectations versus the often grim reality, the clash of Eastern and Western value-systems, the loneliness of existing between two worlds, not truly belonging to either, the psychological unease and fear generated by being “invisible”, a “stranger” in Western society.