Thursday, February 5, 2009

There is No Me Without You

The ubiquitous book when doing any type of research on Ethiopian adoption. I finished it yesterday morning on the train and am left wanting more, more, more. I ran to Barnes & Noble at lunch today and picked up A History of Ethiopia (Harold G. Marcus) for my next read.

There is No Me Without You is the story of a woman slash borderline superhero named Haregewoin Teferra. She was a very happily married middle class woman who doted on her two daughters. Her life changed dramatically when tragedy hit her family - the core to everything she knew. After 18 months and still mourning, a local church asked her to take in a homeless teenage girl. She reluctantly accepted.

That was roughly 400 children ago. Today Mrs. Haregewoin provides two houses to about 40 orphaned children, half of them HIV positive.

An eye-opening read.

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