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        Wednesday, March 08, 2006
        Honoring African Women
        This was such a neat idea of Sokari to honor African women today - International Women's Day. Thank you.

        I was in no mood nor in a positive frame of mind to say anything worthwhile. So, I thought I would take time off from it all and read a book. The beauty of working from! I picked up Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June because it was a skinny book and because it was the first book I saw lying around… In the first paragraph of the first page there is a sentence that reads…

        During the Second World War [Vonnegut] served in Europe and, as a prisoner of war in Germany, he witnessed the destruction of Dresden… It was from this profoundly disturbing experience that his most celebrated novel, Slaughterhouse – Five, arose – a novel which lifted him into the front rank of contemporary American novelists.

        This inspired me to participate in honoring of African women, and I sure am glad I didn’t miss this opportunity because of my own petty miseries. Therefore, I would like to honor all those African women who haven’t and will not write their stories arising from their “…profoundly disturbing experience”. This is in honor of African women who try to pick up the pieces after bloody wars, and provide some sort of stability to their children. This is for the African mothers who are feeding their children first although they are starving themselves. This is for the millions of African women refugees who walk bare foot with their children clinging to them for miles on end in search of a safer place for their families. Here is for the African mothers who are struggling to feed their children if only every other day. Here is for the African mothers who are keeping Africa together the best they can while they are not only witnesses (like Vonnegut) of wars, genocide, hunger, rape, starvation, illiteracy, diseases, poverty, degradation and violence, but are the victims as well. I am honored to be in the same category of female specie as you. May your daughters see much better days!!!
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          At 7:02 PM, Blogger sokari said…

          Hi I am sorry I missed your blog on the roundup for women's day. Can you email me a bit about yourself so I know where to place you on my blogroll - my email is : africa at globalvoicesonline dot org


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