There Is No Me without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
  • There Is No Me without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
  • There Is No Me without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children

There Is No Me without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children

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by Melissa Fay Greene
     
 

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There Is No Me Without You is the story of Haregewoin Tefarra, a middle-aged Ethiopian woman of modest means whose home has become a refuge for hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS. It is a story as much about the power of the bond between children and parents as about the epidemic that every year leaves millions of children, mostly healthy themselves,

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There Is No Me Without You is the story of Haregewoin Tefarra, a middle-aged Ethiopian woman of modest means whose home has become a refuge for hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS. It is a story as much about the power of the bond between children and parents as about the epidemic that every year leaves millions of children, mostly healthy themselves, without family. Originally a middle-class woman with a happy family life, Haregewoin fell into a deep depression after the death of her recently married daughter. But then a priest brought her two children, AIDS orphans, with nowhere to go. Unexpectedly, the children thrived, and Haregewoin found herself drawn back into daily life. As word got out, an endless stream of children began to arrive at her door, delivered by dying parents and other relatives who begged for her help, and, pushing against the limits of her home and bank account, she took more and more in. Today, Haregewoin runs a school, a daycare system, and a shelter for sick mothers. Without medication for her charges—some HIV-positive, some uninfected, and some infants trying to fight off the virus, but almost all of whom come to her terrified and malnourished—she forges on, caring for as many as she can handle. Increasingly, she also places them for adoption with families like that of journalist Melissa Fay Greene, who has two children adopted from Ethiopia. In Haregewoin Tefarra's story, Greene gives us an astonishing portrait of a woman fighting a continent-wide epidemic.

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In a culture where AIDS orphans are viewed as trendy celebrity "accessories," it's easy to lose sight of the real heroes in the battle against this devastating disease. Journalist Melissa Fay Greene reminds us in this wonderful story of Haregewoin Tefarra, a middle-class Ethiopian woman who overcame her own tragic loss by opening her heart and home to hundreds of orphaned children. Illuminating Tefarra's remarkable transformation from widow and grieving parent to zealous child advocate, Greene deftly weaves in dozens of heartbreaking vignettes; the tragic -- and infuriating -- cultural history of AIDS in Africa; and her own personal connection to the crisis (she and her husband have adopted two Ethiopian orphans). She accomplishes all this in a powerful, impassioned narrative that also happens to be gracefully, lyrically, and beautifully told. Could we ask for more?

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ISBN-13:
9781596911161
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.56(d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Fay Greene, award-winning author of Praying for Sheetrock, The Temple Bombing, and Last Man Out, relates a tale that captures the tragedy of an international epidemic and the remarkable people inventing ways to care for its victims. Her Dec. 2002 New York Times Sunday Magazine on the plight of the AIDS orphans inspired scores of adoptions and generated tens of thousands of dollars for the underfunded orphanages of Africa. She has seven children, including two adopted from Ethiopia, and lives in Atlanta.

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There Is No Me Without You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really touched me. Americans really have no clue how huge the AIDS orphan problem is in Africa. This book tells not only one woman's story of how she took in countless orphans, but the story of Ethiopia and the epidemic that is only getting worse day by day. The U.S. is falling miserably as a relatively rich nation to help Africa gain the resources it needs to combat AIDS and extreme poverty. This book gives both sides of the story: a personal story of one woman, and statistics and history about Ethiopia and its struggle with AIDS.
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It is a "difficult read" because of what it is about but is well worth it. It is very "eye opening"!
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noa_trin More than 1 year ago
This book will make you cry and change the way you look at your life. I have 2 adopted girls from Ethiopia, so it meant even more to me. However, whether you are adopting or not, this is a touching book, well written and thought provoking.
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This is an excellent book. I sent it to family members (after reading it myself) to help them understand our decision to adopt from a developing country. While we ended up adopting from Haiti, this is an excellent book describing orphans in poverty striken nations.
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BooksCanChangeYourLife More than 1 year ago
Not enough can be written about this book. Very well written and thought provoking!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A story that needs to be told and Greene tells it well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems impossible for anyone with children (or a heart) to read this book and not feel a need to DO SOMETHING! Although foreign adoption is financially out of reach for most Americans, making a difference in the life of a foster child or neglected child is not. Readers should also be pushed to ask their government why they are letting pharmaceutical companies continue to stand in the way of providing universal, affordable access to antiretrovirals. READ THIS BOOK.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Haregewoin Teferra's story is precisely what the world needs to hear - a powerful reminder that one person can make a difference. As read by voice performer Julie Fain Lawrence this story is straightforward and true. While it would have been easy for the actress to lapse into sentimentality she never does so, speaking strongly, courageously, which certainly befits the life of Haregewoin. A resident of Ethiopia, Haregewoin was devastated when she lost both her husband and her 23-year-old daughter within the space of five years. How does one react when everything in life they hold dear is taken from them? She became a recluse, isolating herself in a tin walled compound close to her daughter's grave. It was as if there was nothing on earth left for her and she was simply waiting to die. All of this changed when a priest brought a teenager, orphaned by the horrifying AIDS pandemic that is sweeping their country, to Haregewoin. Then he brought another. As she began to care for these young ones her life changed and so did theirs. It didn't take long before it was known that Haregewoin offered a haven for the lost - a baby was left at her doorstep, a grandfather gave up grandchildren he could not afford to feed, a young boy whose mother had died and whose father was terminally ill. Soon, there were sixty children in her care. A mighty task for a middle-aged 4' 8' tall woman. Yet she rose to it and more - she did so gladly, heroically. Yes, this is a tragic story in many ways but it is also a hopeful one, a reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit and the generosity of the human heart. - Gail Cooke