Saira Shah's family left Afghanistan in the 1960s to settle in Britain. They were cosmopolitan - with branches all over the world. Her father had himself travelled widely throughout most of the Middle East and Central Asia. Throughout her childhood he captivated her with his many stories about Afghanistan and its people. It became a wonderful, mysterious and romantic place in Saira's imagination. Here she chronicles a journey of discovery.
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Saira Shah was born in Britain of an Afghan family who trace their ancestry back two thousand years. She has been back and forth to Afghanistan since the early 1980s - when she first went travelling with the mujahedin - making more than nine long trips. She is a freelance journalist and war reporter, and reported on the acclaimed documentaries BENEATH THE VEIL and UNHOLY WAR.
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