Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali

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Waveland Press, 2007 - Medical - 212 pages
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"This tender, revelatory memoir recalls the two years Holloway spent as an impressionable Peace Corps volunteer in the remote village of Nampossela in Mali, West Africa. It centers on her close friendship with Monique, the village's overburdened midwife. When Holloway (now a nonprofit development specialist) arrived in Nampossela in 1989, she was 22; Monique was only two years her senior. Yet Monique, barely educated, working without electricity, running water, ambulances or emergency rooms, was solely responsible for all births in her village, tending malnourished and overworked pregnant women in her makeshift birthing clinic. With one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world, these Malian women sometimes had to work right up until and directly after giving birth and had no means of contraception. Holloway especially noted Monique's status as an underpaid female whose male family members routinely claimed much of her pay. Monique shared her emotional life with Holloway, who in turn campaigned for her rights at work and raised funds for her struggling clinic. Holloway's moving account vividly presents the tragic consequences of inadequate prenatal and infant health care in the developing world and wi.

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This book gives a true sense of what it means to volunteer in Africa and the culture of the people in Monique's hometown. Monique is so self-less and giving - she is amazing. A great read and inspiration to the reader. ... Read full review

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The book is well-written & eye-opening. My book club had a great discussion. ... Read full review


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