Then She was Born
2017 Award Winning B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence for Outstanding Independent Literature.
Then She Was Born is more than a novel. It’s an international human rights awareness campaign supported by eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. Based on an inconceivable reality for many in the world today, Then S...more
Primitive customs hold that a body part of a ...more
In a small community in Africa, a girl is born. She is the first child of Juma and Sefu, but they are horrified by her appearance. She is different, an albino, in a superstitious community where such children would traditionally be abandoned. Sefu’s mother, Nkamba, is given permission to care for the little girl, whom she names Adimu.
Adimu is shunned by most within the village: she is viewed as a ‘thing’ rather than as a person. Her body parts are cons ...more
The protagonist, a girl named Adimu, is unforgettable in ...more
A zeru zeru (phantom, meaning albino) baby is born to Juma. Tanzania has the highest birth rate of babies with albinism according to the novel, and such white skin in the local populace is associated with bad spirits. Albino babies are often left to die or put out to be trampled upon by a herd of cows. At other times the hair from the head of an albino is revered and if wound into fishermen’s nets will enhance a catch. Dead or alive, the body of ...more
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When Adimu was conceived, it was a time of rejoicing for her parents and tribe. The pregnancy went well. And then Adimu was born and the world went mad…
This is the gripping story of how superstition and fear can lead to people who are different being treated as though they are not human. Adimu represents many other children who are born into a ...more
It's not easy to find a good starting ground to begin discussion of Then She Was Born, a novel meant to raise awareness about an injustice and horrific issue that is all too common in certain parts of the world and is supported by both the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis.
Then She was Born is about a young girl named Adimu who born to a couple in Tanzania. She is perfectly normal--except, of course, for the fact that she is born albino. In this culture, ...more
This call for racial healing is based on an inconceivable reality of the living conditions of Africans with albinism, but one that author Cristiano Gentili found to be true during a fact-finding trip to Tanzania.
He fictionalized the plight of African albinos into the heart-breaking, shocking story of ...more
How do you survive when you’re so different?
A child is born, and the joy of her parents turns to horror. The child is different, in a way that will bring bad luck to their superstitious community. The tradition should be for her to be abandoned, but Nkamba, the grandmother, is allowed to care for her. Naming her Adimu, Nkamba raises her as her own. Adimu is constantly marginalized and shunned by the community ...more
"...violence against people accused of sorcery is very much still with us. Far from fading away, thanks to digital interconnectedness and economic development, witch hunting has become a growing, global problem... people accused of witchcraft in Africa, the Pacific and Latin America, and even among immigrant communities in the United States and Western Europe. Researchers ...have estimated the murders of suppose ...more
Cultural beliefs have incredible staying power, despite campaigns to counteract them. Italian humanitarian and writer Cristiano Gentili's searingly intense novel ...more
This is a book that gives you much to think about. There're so many topics touched and you're become more aware of the struggles of the people in Africa.
In Africa, cultureral believes and traditional doctors plays a big role in society. These believes could break or build a community but in this touching story the author showed through excellent storyteling how these believes can destroy a person that were not the same as them.
Albimism is ...more
The book is well-written. The young albino girl, Adimu, is portrayed as a real person, with fears,dreams, and a need to be love ...more
Albino babies born in certain areas of the world are not protected. They are deemed as evil. Anyone trying to help them will be judged and excommunicated accordingly. This book is trying to bring awareness to this problem so albino children can have the help they need.
Adimu was born with no pigmentation in her skin. Her community wanted her dead. It was because of her grandmother that she lived. She tri ...more
Gentili has a clear writing style but I can't say that I loved it. For me, there were too many switching viewpoints, too many events going on that didn't directly involve the focus of the s ...more
Although this book is a work of fiction, it brings to light the tragedy of being born an al ...more
The newborn is a zeru, zeru, a “white shadow,” an albino. She brings bad luck to not only her family, but to the whole village. In Tanzania, they believe she belongs to the spirit of the lake so they take the newborn ...more
Adimu is a brave, beautiful soul. Being born albino in the lands where white was not a color often seen, this story takes the reader through the thoughts, the secrets, and the ‘sorcery’ of the village.
Gentilli put so much detail unto this piece of work, I was living within the village as it lifted itself off the pages and became a reality. The journey, the gut-turning, heart-wrenching, blood-curdling screams within the s ...more
By Cristiano Gentili
Promoted by #HelpAfricanAlbinos
Born to be different, surviving to make a difference
In many undeveloped countries, even in areas of the United States, there are unusual superstitions that have arisen and are hard to stamp out. This novel is written as fiction, but is based on true events, advanced and promoted by the above organization. The purpose is to educate the world at large about albinism, which is accepted as natural in our more developed count ...more
I am not sure I can adequately capture the impact that this book had on me. It was heartbreaking and tragic. It will seriously hurt your heart, but it is also important and significant. It is one of those reads that will change the way you look at the world. A must read and one you will want to talk to others about, but may struggle to find the right words.
This book is written in Italian by Cristiano Gentili and translated to English by Lori Hetherington .
I read this book last weekend and I just have to say that I just couldn't stop reading because this book is so very well written and this story is heartbreaking at times but the story is so good.
I highly recommend this book.
I give ...more
Since his graduation, where he obtained a BA in political science, a MAs in humanitarian assistance and a PhD in social science, Cristiano’s work has taken him to some of the most challenging locations around the world, often dealing with the after effects of war and natural disast ...more