Born in the big rains: a memoir of Somalia and survival
Feminist Press at the City University of New York, Oct 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 185 pages
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 nataive Somalia until her mother delivered her into the hands of an excisor to undergo femaile genital mutilation (FGM), to be made a woman in the eyes of her tribe.
The complications brought on by the circumcision provide the impetus to her search for health and her story. Fadumo first travels to the bustling city of Mogadishu and the household of a wealthy uncle, brother of the Somali president. She enters a world of luxury underpinned by political instability and cruelty in a country gearing for rebellion. as her symptoms worsen, she journeys to Germany, where she receives not only therapy but love and acceptance from the most unlikely of places.
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 humor, provides a candid history of a life sculpted by crippling rheumatism and an unexpected path to recovery.
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While the focus is on FGM and the author's personal autobiography, it did give some background into the civil war in Somalia in the 80's/90's. Read full review