Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)

  • 196 pages
  • English
  • Hardcover
Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)

う Hardcover Download ◳ Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa) For Free ⎥ E-Pub Author Fadumo Korn ␂ Starred Review. Beginning with its evocative opening sentenceIn the distance, a lion roared, deep and long, dismissing the nightthis impassioned, beautifully written memoir is a testament to the possibility of wedding literary prose to sophisticated political arguments Korn grew up as a spirited girl in an Islamic Somalian nomadic tribe in the late 1960s At seven she was forced to undergo female circumcision, in which her clitoris and labia minora were removed with crude utensils and her vagina sewn up After chronic pain, illness and rheumatism set in, Korn went to live with her rich uncle, a government official in Mogadishu, until her circumcision related ailments became debilitating she was taken to Germany for medical treatment, and years later her circumcision was undone Married to a German, Korn became involved in the European campaign against female genital mutilation FGM While the bulk of the book is a devastating and swiftly moving account of Korn s tragedy filled life, it also persuasively argues that health workers must understand the power of traditional customs even as they work to end FGM Written with German writer Eichhorst, this is a brutally honest, politically sensitive and bold addition to literature on global women s health Nov Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved.Korn s remarkable memoir traces her steps from her childhood as part of a nomadic tribe in Somalia, where she was born in 1964, to her position as a spokesperson against FGM female genital mutilation She herself was circumcised, and sewn back up, or infibulated, at age seven Touted as an ancient tradition, the brutal procedure can lead to infection, chronic ailments, and loss of fertility In Korn s case, the resulting infection led to severe joint disintegration Her parents sent her to relatives in Mogadishu while she received treatment from there she went to a hospital in Rome, then a clinic in Germany, where she endured operations to straighten her fingers and toes Only after her marriage, and corrective surgery to be opened, did she experience urination or her periods without pain Now a German citizen, Korn helps to reeducate young African women about their societal status without this horrific procedure Deborah Donovan Copyright American Library Association All rights reserved Irish Born Irish Trilogy Nora Roberts on FREE shipping qualifying offers Three sisters are bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland in Welcome to Country Music Highway Real Radio For very best country music tune Brendon T Curtin FM Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)

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