Born in the Big Rains

Born in the Big Rains

A Memoir of Somalia and Survival

eBook - 2008
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This " impassioned, beautifully written memoir" by a survivor of female circumcision is a "brutally honest" story of tragedy and triumph ( Publishers Weekly ). As a nomad, Fadumo Korn freely roamed the wild steppes of her native Somalia until her mother delivered her into the hands of an "excisor" to become a woman in the eyes of her tribe by undergoing female genital cutting. But serious complications brought on by the circumcision would force her to leave her home on a journey of survival and self-discovery. Fadumo first traveled to the bustling city of Mogadishu and the household of a wealthy uncle, a brother of the Somali president. There, she entered a world of luxury underpinned by political instability and cruelty in a country eager for rebellion. As her symptoms worsened, she journeyed to Germany, where she received not only therapy but love and acceptance in the most unlikely of places. With this "courageous ... indispensable testament," Fadumo Korn weaves together a sensitive understanding of traditional practices with revelations about their disturbing effects. Full of sorrow and surprising humor, Born in the Big Rains provides a candid history of a life sculpted by crippling rheumatism and an unexpected path to recovery (Elfriede Jelinek, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Literature).
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, The Feminist Press at CUNY,, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781558616226
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (196 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Eichhorst, Sabine

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