Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival

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Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 185 pages
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This powerful memoir portrays the life-altering transformation of a feisty nomad girl who undergoes genital excision. Crippled with rheumatism as a result of the cutting, Fadumo Korn, who once freely roamed the deserts of her native Somalia, is sent to live with a wealthy uncle, brother to the Somali president. She enters a world of luxury underpinned with political instability and cruelty, but receives an invaluable education. Korn eventually moves to Germany for therapy and recounts her life there—her marriage, the birth of her son, and her involvement in the movement to end genital cutting—with warm and inspiring humor.

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Review: Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

A very disturbing book about female mutilation. It was very difficult to read some parts of it. The author is a very strong and brave woman. Read full review

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User Review  - Craig Wilkins - Goodreads

I'm reading Desert Flower and while the stories are similar in nature, the books couldn't be more different. Fadumo's story is told the way our stories are remembered and passed on, before they get ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Born in 1964, Fadumo Korn works for FORWARD - Germany, e.V, a non-governmental charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of African women and girls, and to promoting action to stop harmful tradition practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM). She lives with her husband and son in Munich. Tobe Levin is professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Maryland in Europe and adjunct at the University of Frankfurt. She is the editor of Feminist Europa, and the chair of FORWARD - Germany against FGM (female genital mutilation). She was elected secretary of the European Network against Harmful Traditional Practices, especially FGM (Brussels). Sabine Eichhorst is the author of Courage to Defend Yourself: Strategies against Sexual Violence and A Long Way Home: Prisoner of Uzbekistan.

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