10-Dec-2008

another book

I started reading what is the what, a book about a boy who runs away from the civil war in Sudan. It is such an amazing book. and the story itself is so touching... As i read the book, I realized that I know very little about Africa, its present or history. I'm hoping to change that. I've started reading up on the conflict in Sudan, Somalia and Rwanda.
The violence that has ravaged the continent is heart rending. I'm not going to get into who caused it but the one thing I realized was that wherever there is war, it is the women who pay the biggest price. rape and abduction are used as weapons and their use is very widespread. This is exactly the reason why we must have more women in governing and decision making positions.

1 comment:

Pixie said...

Hmmm... Agreed... but, such changes are slow and not without strong protests...
Africa has a very rich cultural and historical background... but, unfortunately a lot has been ruined because of all the incessant fighting/clashes happening there...