AuthorHouse, Mar 1, 2008 - 196 pages
The story highlights the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS on African communities, especially the vulnerability of women and children. Martin Marimo, who is a mine labourer, and his wife Mai Jenny, a peasant farmer making a living from practising subsistence farming in Mpatsi village in Chivhu, want the best for their daughter, Jenny. They defy the village practice of not sending children to school, especially the girl child. They sell their cows and scrap together meager resources to pay for Jenny's school fees at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic School in Macheke. Jenny is a promising, intelligent and obedient child. When she is in Form Three, Jenny's father dies from an AIDS-related illness. Mai Jenny is given the choice of either accepting to be inherited by her brother-in-law, Moses, or to leave the village altogether. Jenny's siblings are put under the 'care' of relatives who are only interested in 'cheap labour' and not in the welfare of the children. Uncle Moses orders Jenny to stop going to school and herd his cattle, as well as to start looking for a husband. The Roman Catholic Church comes to Jenny's rescue and offers to pay her school fees for the remaining year. Jenny's hope of doing A Levels and studying medicine at the University of Zimbabwe is thwarted. She opts for teacher training at Gweru Teacher's College and marries a fellow student teacher, Edwin. Edwin soon becomes very abusive, and Jenny joins the exodus of Zimbabwean professionals going to the United Kingdom. She is confronted with the reality of living in a foreign, cold land with no legal documents, racism, and the threat of deportation hovering over her. She falls prey to fake immigration advisors who stealher money - pretending to get immigration documents for her. She finds herself taking three jobs to survive and look after herself, her children and her siblings in Zimbabwe. At night she works as a Care Assistant, in the mornings she cleans offices, and in the late afternoons
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