The Girl With Three Legs

The Girl With Three Legs

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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Having experienced firsthand the horror of female genital mutilation (FGM), Soraya Mir#65533; reveals the personal violation and immense challenges she overcame. This book is at once an intimate revelation, a testament to the empowerment of women, and an indictment of the violent global oppression of women and girls. This forthright narrative recounts what it means to grow up female in a traditional Somali family, where girls' and women's basic human rights are violated on a daily basis. Forced into an arranged marriage to an abusive older cousin, Mir#65533; was also witness to the instability of Somalia's political landscape--her father was a general in the military dictatorship of Siad Barre. In her journey to recover from the violence done to her, Mir#65533; realizes FGM is the ultimate child abuse, a ritual of mutilation handed down from mother to daughter and protected by the word ";culture."; Despite the violations she endured, her words resonate with hope, humanity, and dignity. Her life story is truly one of inspiration and redemption.
Publisher: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781569767139
Branch Call Number: 392.14092 MIRE
Characteristics: xiv, 386 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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