by Fadumo Korn and Sabine Eichhorst - £19.99 Feminist Press at CUNY (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781558615311 | ISBN 10: 1558615318
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 native Somalia until her mother delivered her into the hands of an excisor to undergo female 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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In booklists: Black and Asian Biography and Autobiography, Somalia, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Women in Africa, Women's Activism, In categories: History & Biography, World - Asia, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas, World - Africa, Feminism & Women, Health & Wellbeing, Violence & Abuse, Changing the World,