Shattered Pearlby Sara Armstrong
Once in Uganda, Sara teaches science and math and travels around East Africa with her Peace/i>
The Shattered Pearl is an account of the ten years the author spent in Uganda. It begins with an inside look at Peace Corps training in 1966 against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Sara finds herself the only black Peace Corps trainee in a group of 150.
Once in Uganda, Sara teaches science and math and travels around East Africa with her Peace Corps friends observing the natural beauty and abundant wildlife in the game parks. They even attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro .
In April, 1968 Sara marries a Ugandan, James Wanambwa; resigns from the Peace Corps and begins a new life. Their son Edward is born in 1970. James is trying to start a dairy farm and Sara is still teaching. On January 25, 1971, Idi Amin Dada overthrows the government of Milton Obote and plunges Uganda into a cycle of terror and bloodshed. Even the birth of their daughter, Lillian, in 1972 only temporarily distracts Sara and James from the tragedy that is unfolding.
During the next five years, the situation worsens. Sara moves about the country freely; seeing many things that are not reported in the press. She lives as an ordinary Ugandan but sees the events from an American viewpoint including the Israeli raid on Entebbe Airport.
Finally in 1977, Sara and James decide that they must leave Uganda if they are to retain their sanity and give their children a chance for a normal life. They go through the harrowing process of getting permission to leave the country, procuring travel documents, and finally are forced to leave overland when the airport becomes too dangerous to use. They arrive safely in the USA, tired, relieved and saddened to have witnessed the shattering of the Pearl ofAfrica.
About the Author
Sara McWright joined the Peace Corps in 1966 for two years of adventure and self-discovery. But after marrying James Wanambwa in 1968, and deciding to live in Uganda, she was launched on a fascinating journey through the terror and chaos of Idi Amin Dada.
Being African-American, she blended in and moved freely around the country. Sara witnessed many things that journalists and diplomats were not permitted to see. She traveled in taxis and buses, she shopped in the local markets, she lived as ordinary Ugandans lived. This gave her a unique insight into the destruction of a prosperous and thriving nation.
After returning from Uganda, she threw her energies into raising her two children and participating in local politics. She helped her community win a courageous fight against corruption and exploitation in rural Alabama when it was threatened by developers.
Since moving to California in 1986 and remarrying in 1992, Sara has become a sought after public speaker. She was the winner of The Institute of Financial Education National Speech Contest in 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Religious Education at Claremont School of Theology as well as being a candidate for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.Writing the book has been a rewarding experience because it is her story, and hers alone. Sara feels that her book will entertain as well as educate readers. Recent events emphasize the need for greater understanding of the complex continent that is Africa today.
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This story of courage,self-discovery and faith is great. Mrs. Armstrong paints a very vivid and colorful picture of her life in Africa, the terror and madness of Idi Amin and the struggle to keep her family alive. I highly recommend this book.