Long-listed for the 2014 MsLexia International Memoir Competition, MsLexia described this memoir as “among the 80 most compelling and accomplished memoirs submitted.” In the summer of 1992 with an opportunity to visit a region of the world I loved, to do work that I loved, how could I refuse? But I failed to update myself on the security situation and found myself travelling into Kabul Afghanistan when most others were fleeing. These are my memories of that dangerous time. There are scary escapes, ups and downs, successes and failures, while the voices of home, family and childhood speak to me from England to the East. “Eileen witnessed some of the worst days of Afghanistan's deadly factional conflict and not only survived but assisted thousands of Afghans whose lives had been turned upside down” — Michael Semple. “PRAYER FOR AN INFIDEL is as we have in our Persian language, called 'Safar Nama' means journey letters, wherein the writer records the events of an age for future generations” — Ahmad Zia Langari.