SHACKLED: A Journey From Political Imprisonment To Freedom – Part 1

Exciting news!

My book – SHACKLED: A Journey From Political Imprisonment To Freedom – was published 3 weeks ago!

It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book retailers worldwide.

I wrote SHACKLED alongside my grandpa, as it chronicles his life from being imprisoned for decades when he was six-years-old.

The book has been receiving some incredible praise from readers already.

Here’s one review from a reader:

A beautiful, spellbinding historical account of Khaled Siddiq’s life with photographs throughout the book. Adam Siddiq, the author, captured the essence, magnificence, and radiance of his grandfather, Khaled Siddiq, in this remarkable and awe-inspiring true story. It takes place in Khaled’s homeland, Afghanistan. A government takeover results in terror used as an instrument to control people, and led to the imprisonment of thousands of political prisoners for many years including the very young Khaled and his many close family members. Khaled’s life, along with his family, was about survival, sorrow, bereavement, injustice, grief, and a love that transcended broken dreams. Adam’s grandfather is the embodiment of resilience powered by patience, hope, and the gift of love bestowed upon him by family and generations of ancestors. He learned patience at a young age, and held on to hope and love while he and his family endured unimaginable hardship, deprivation, and imprisonment. He witnessed indescribable cruelty and inhumanity. This story, for me, was about surviving unending darkness through the light of love. Adam Siddiq, how fortunate you are to be a recipient of your grandfather’s legacy of love.

– Ilaann White


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I’ve recorded an interview series with my grandpa.

The SHACKLED interview series will appear here on the blog as well as my podcast and on YouTube.

Each day of the series will feature a question I ask my grandpa.

Here’s today’s episode.

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Adam: What happened the first day that you went to jail you were 6 years old…what were you doing right before everything happened?

Khaled: I was just a kid with my brother and sister, and very hungry. In the morning we…my brother and my sister… everyone…my auntie and my other cousins…they bring something from the house to the jail for 1,2, 3 days. Bread and tea and sugar a little…we had only this one…but for six days we had nothing to eat!

After six days, the soldier brought us from the outside only bread. After two or three days, they bring us tea and bring us oil and something else…some coal.

Adam: So for six days, you had nothing to eat. Before that, just some bread and breadcrumbs.

Khaled: Yeah. I was so hungry…so hungry.

Adam: No food at all?

Khaled: No food! After the soldier brought the bread and put it in the ground in the backyard, I remember that we as kids…there were 12 or 15 kids…daughter and guys…we ran to the bread and took one. We were very hungry.

Excuse me for my bad English, Adam jaan.

Adam: No, it’s good, it’s good. It’s understandable. So six days without food. What about water?

Khaled: Water? We had one well in the backyard, but it was very stinky.

Adam: You told me there were boots in this well? Soldiers’ boots?

Khaled: Yeah, the well was very dirty, and there were the boots and vest…something from the North Afghanistan people. They were in this jail before. And then the people threw it down here. The water was very stinky.

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