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I Dare to Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival Paperback – February 1, 2012

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In 23 searing personal testimonies, women in rural Uganda today speak out about what they have suffered and witnessed, including family feuds and domestic violence; survival with AIDS; civil war atrocities of abduction, rape, and massacre; and the torture and trauma of female genital mutilation (FGM). A wife is thrown out because she only gives birth to girls, and “Educating a girl is a waste of money.” Imbued with horror, the writing is often heartbreaking, including in the eloquent introductions, one for each story, by an interviewer from FEMRITE, a Uganda’s Women Writers’ Association. An educated girl remembers her mother “with a hoe on her shoulder and a child on her back.” A mother remembers her daughter, 14, who left school with an HIV-AIDs infected man and did not come back. A woman tries to stay busy cleaning her house, but “there was no one to make it dirty.” Although FGM is now officially criminalized, some still insist on the tradition, and it continues in secret. Breaking that secrecy, this collection will move readers to action. --Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569768420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569768426
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on January 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Let's get one thing straight. This book is not meant to be enjoyed. It is not meant to make the reader feel better. It is skillfully written but the subject matter is not by any means for the faint of heart. The book is written by Hilda Twongyeirwe who being a native of Uganda went out and about her homeland to interview women so they would have a voice and that their stories would be told.
I liked the way that the book was written because although the author interviewed the women their stories were told without being broken up into questions. Their words flowed freely. I'm glad that the author let them speak and she just recorded their stories as they told them

This book was an eye opener. It was completely and utterly heart wrenching. Honestly with each and ever different account from these special women my heart broke for them and broke with them. The horrors that these women faced and thousands of others face on a daily basis are unimaginable and unspeakable.

The women in this book lived through gang rape, spousal abuse, kidnapping, aids, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and being displaced by war. The things that they bore witness to are the very things that those of us who live in the comfort of our nice big, clean homes in the western world believe that nightmares are made of. One woman told Hilda that when soldiers came to her village she saw one man grab a woman's baby and beat it to death with a mortar and pedestal. I wonder if the child's mother survived or if she died afterward at the hands of the friends of the man who took her baby from her. I hope in my heart that she lived.

That is just one of the accounts in this book but that one is the one that has stayed with me the most. It was the one who made me the angriest and scared and grateful.
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By Zaynab on September 5, 2014
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I still cannot finish this book. It is so heartbreaking. A must-read!!
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