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Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the New South Africa by a Member of the Post-Apartheid Generation
Wa Azania, Malaika
Apartheid isn't over - so Malaika Wa Azania boldly argues in Memoirs of a Born Free, her account of growing up black in modern-day South Africa.
The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
In 2006, Jeffrey Sachs - celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty - launched the Millennium Villages Project, a daring, $120-million experiment designed to test his theories about ending poverty. For six years, Nina Munk shadowed Sachs on his trips to Africa, listened in on conversations with heads-of-state and humanitarian organizations, and immersed herself in the lives of people in two remote African villages. Munk came to understand the real-life issues that challenge Sachs’s formula for ending global poverty. The Idealist is the profound and moving story of what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the realities of human life.
Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea
An intimate account of life in a West African fishing village, tugged by currents ancient and modern, and dependent on an ocean that is being radically transformed.For centuries, fishermen have launched their pirogues from the Senegalese port of Joal, where the fish used to be so plentiful a man could dip his hand into the grey-green ocean and pull one out as big as his thigh. But in an Atlantic decimated by overfishing and climate change, the fish are harder and harder to find. Here, Badkhen discovers, all boundaries are permeable--between land and sea, between myth and truth, even between storyteller and story. Fisherman's Blues immerses us in a community navigating a time of unprecedented environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval with resilience, ingenuity, and wonder.
Do They Hear You When You Cry
Fauziya Kassindja's progressive father had shielded her from the tribal practices of polygamy and genital mutilation until his death in 1993. Then, at age seventeen, she was forced to marry a forty-five-year-old man who already had three wives, and was threatened with female circumcision - without her consent, without antibiotics. Shortly before the ritual was to take place, Fauziya's sister helped her escape to Germany. From there, she traveled to the United States seeking political asylum. Instead, she was stripped, shackled handcuffed, and imprisoned in a series of INS detention facilities. When Layli Miller Bashir, a second-year law student assigned to the case met Fauziya, she found an emotionally broken, emaciated girl with whom she forged an extraordinary friendship. Putting her heart and soul into the case, Layli enlisted help from the American University International Human Rights Clinic. Here is Fauziya's dramatic personal story, told in her own words, vividly detailing her nightmarish day-to-day existence in U.S. prisons. A story of faith and freedom, courage and inspiration, once read it is not easily forgotten.
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