Malika Oufkir was the eldest daughter of a wealthy, powerful Moroccan general, the king's closest aide. She led a life of luxury and privilege, jet-setting first class to Paris and Hollywood, dancing the night away in chic discos. Then, at 19, Malika's world changed forever. Her father was shot after leading a failed coup attempt, and she, her mother and her five siblings were imprisoned and forced to live in squalor and humiliation. Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, written with Michele Fitoussi and read by Edita Brychta, is the account of those horrific, harrowing years that revealed an inner strength that never gave way to total despair, an amazing endurance and a rare familial love. Against all odds, Malika and her brother escape, and ultimately the rest of the family were freed. But nothing can undo the terrible injustice or replace all the years that had been stolen away. Malika's is a survival story that will stay with you for a long time.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.