I often am confronted with people and events that are a big deal and yet I've never heard about them. This is the case with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. I sI often am confronted with people and events that are a big deal and yet I've never heard about them. This is the case with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. I suppose in the back of my mind if I try really hard I can remember some talk about Liberia's president and the fact that she is the first female president for the continent of Africa, but it wasn't until my Yale graduation last year when she was presented with an honorary degree that I realized I honestly knew nothing about her or her countries history.
I'm so glad I finally had a chance to education myself a little more. This is an incredibly memoir about the constant action and fight for justice in her country from a very intelligent, talented, and strong women. She tells the story primarily or her rise in politics in the country. The coup that nearly toppled her country, the bloodshed, the jailings etc.
A very interesting read about a country and a women I knew very little about. ...more
I'm ashamed at the educational system that I grew up with that made it possible for me to exist for 21 years of life before hearing about the genocideI'm ashamed at the educational system that I grew up with that made it possible for me to exist for 21 years of life before hearing about the genocide in Rwanda. It wasn't until I was in college that the horrific events in Rwanda were made known to me, and after seeing the lack of response from countries including the United States I can't help but wonder why we ignored the events as they were unfolding and why we continue to ignore the events in the teaching of history.
Left to Tell is the story of Immaculee Ilibagiza who survived the Rwandan holocaust by remaining hidden in a small bathroom with 7 other woman. She recounts her life and family leading up to those events, her time spent in hiding, her faith journey through it all, and then some of the immediate aftermath. Immaculee is an incredibly strong woman and the strength she exhibits through out is just beyond incredible.
Reading details of the genocide I am still left wondering how this was allowed to happen. Why did nobody respond, what happened to the promise of never again after WWII? A heart wrenching read about one of the most horrific events of our lifetime.