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Sonam and the Silence

Sonam lives with her mum, her big brother, and her small brother and sister in a tiny house in Kabul. Sonam's mum sews dresses and shirts, which her big brother sells at the market. Sonam plays hide and seek in the alleyways. 

In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam's world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth. How can she hold on to this feeling in a world where music is forbidden?

A lyrical fable-like story by the well-known musician, author and broadcaster Eddie Ayres, about the irrepressible power of music. Illustrated and read by Ronak Taher


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