Nila: The Bleeding Garden describes the turbulent journey of an Afghan girl called Nila who suddenly has to escape her homeland during the long Afghan war. As a child refugee, she experiences the trauma of displacement during which her family struggles to survive and slowly falls apart. This collection describes first hand the loss and dysfunction caused by war and displacement in our times.
About the author
Laila Re (b. Kabul, Afghanistan) is a poet based in Toronto, Ontario. She escaped Kabul as a toddler with her family to Islamabad, Pakistan, before emigrating two years later to Canada in 1992 when she was five. She has lived in Toronto ever since. Laila has a BA in Psychology and a M Ed from York University. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Pieces to Peace, Soul Led and Beauty and Love. Her personal essay "Kabul Dreams" was published in the anthology The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth (Mawenzi, 2016).