Bonita Sim's Reviews > Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
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Aug 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

This book was mind blowing. I definitely gained a new perspective of Africa after reading this book. The book explains the tragedy of genocide that spans two countries and how ethnic groups can fight each other and kill even though they are the same people. Families are heavily affected by the civil war. People are killed from right to left. The worst part is innocent civilians being killed. Strength in What Remains follows the life of a boy who escapes this nightmare and tries to live a new one in New York. It was depressing to know how he survives New York, the place where poor people have a hard living. I also gained a new understanding of homeless people. I look at them in a new light, these people with nothing, struggle to live.Deo's dream was to open up a clinic in Burundi. He pities his people. Most people in Africa starve to death, don't have clean water, mosquito nets or access to medical supplies. One day I will go to Africa and do whatever I can to help. This book was very inspiring and I hope this everyone who reads it will have the same feeling as me, get inspired to volunteer and help those less fortunate than us.
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Laura Leaney I agree with you; this is an eye-opening book. Check out the article about a woman, Dr. Hawa Abdi, operating a hospital in Somalia:

message 2: by Bonita (last edited Aug 10, 2011 04:05PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Bonita Sim Thanks for sharing the article. I learned some interesting stuff from it. There's so much cruelty in this world and people preventing others from getting the help they need. Dr. Hawa deserves a lot of respect. She's helping these people out of the kindness of her heart and is a true humanitarian. I heard bits and parts about Mogadishu on the news but didn't know it was so serious. I'm sure if I was at the place in person, this would be more emotionally stirring than I feel now. Africa needs more doctors and all the help they can get so people don't die walking up to 7 days without food to get medical help and water. I think stories like these deserve to be heard by everyone. It's inspiring and would make more people know about the situation out there.

Laura Leaney You have such a good heart!

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