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Danish author Sara Omar: Breaking taboos for Muslim women

As combative as her protagonist, Omar now refuses to speak about her personal life, 'due to her security situation and since her words can bring about severe consequences,' according to her assistant.

January 31, 2021 / 06:34 PM IST

Born amid the horrors of war in Iraqi Kurdistan, Danish author Sara Omar now uses her voice to denounce violence inflicted on women in the name of reactionary Islam, a "calling" that has left her living under police protection.

"I broke the taboo. I talk about the things you are not supposed to talk about. If I don't do this, who will?" the 34-year-old tells AFP in an interview in Copenhagen.

Her first novel "Dead Washer" sold more than 100,000 copies in Denmark when it was published in 2017, a literary feat in the country of 5.8 million where it was hailed as the "MeToo of Muslim women."