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

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

by Melissa Fay Greene
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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