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Escaping Apartheid: A Letter to My Mother Paperback – May 20, 2013
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About the Author NOMANONO ISAACS was born in the small, remote village of Makhanya, in the District of Umzimkhulu, in South Africa where she enjoyed a childhood filled with music, laughter and love—not just from her extended family but also from her community. All that changed at the age of 12 when the South African Apartheid government embarked on Rehabilitation Schemes in Black residential areas, which meant a lot of hardship for most people. Her whole world view fell apart. At the age of 20 she escaped to the neighbouring nation of Swaziland, eventually making her way to England, where she now lives.
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But more importantly, the reason her book makes my heart sing and my soul know the beauty that is possible in this world is the beauty and greatness of her heart. her courage at a young age to pursue her dreams, to fight tyranny and oppression and win for herself and her children a better life. That someone could live through this terrible time and experience what she did and love her fellow humans with her big beautiful heart is a tribute to the best that humanity can be.
While this is anything but self-aggrandizement in her words or writing style, it takes only a moment to consider her past and read her words about how she exists as a Loving Being today to know this woman has a spirit that is so beautiful there are no words to describe it--an ineffable beauty.
I am highly recommending this book to everyone I know.
Thank you for giving the world this beautiful work and insight.
I recently completed a college course on the history of slavery in the US, Central & South America. Although this wasn’t a slavery situation those thoughts kept going through my mind as I read. I wanted to see if there were any comparisons with the author’s predicament and that of slavery. Anyone that decides to read it can make that decision.