- Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: The Feminist Press at CUNY (1. September 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1558615318
- ISBN-13: 978-1558615311
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 14 - 18 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,7 x 2 x 22,4 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.371.212 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. September 2006
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This powerful memoir by international anti-FGM activist Fadumo Korn portrays both her life-altering transformation after she undergoes a brutal female circumcision at the age of seven and her journey to recovery and empowerment. As a feisty nomad, Fadumo freely roamed the wild steppes of her native Somalia until her mother delivered her into the hands of an excisor to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), to be made a woman in the eyes of her tribe. Fadumo Korn weaves together a sensitive understanding of traditional practices with revelations about their disturbing effects. This deftly crafted tale, full of sorrow and surprising humour, provides a candid history of a life sculpted by crippling rheumatism and an unexpected path to recovery.
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Fadumo was sent to stay with wealthy and politically-connected relatives in Mogadishu for medical care. Eventually, in the midst of political upheaval in her country, she was sent to Europe and settled in Germany where she married and eventually found culturally sensitive medical care. After reconstructive surgery she was able to experience bodily functions without pain, and gave birth to a son. She now works with the Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), an international NGO committed to " eliminating gender-based violence against African girls and women, particularly female genital mutilation and child and forced marriage" (quote from FORWARD's website). These practices are the cultural norm in certain areas of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and in some immigrant communities in Europe and North America. According to the World Health Organization, "An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM."
Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa) sets itself and the reader a challenging task. On one hand it inspires anger with a horrifying description of FGM and of the terrible after-effects. Yet on the other hand it asks the reader to explore and try to understand the cultural significance of the practice as a step on the road to its eradication. Ms. Korn achieves both goals very well with this memoir. I respect her openness in telling her intensely personal story; she wears her empowerment well and we can only wish the same for all African women who live under the threat of this painful practice.
Linda Bulger, 2010