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SHE REFUSED TO GIVE UP, EVEN IF IT MEANT NEVER GOING HOME AGAIN
A young African mother receives devastating news that her first-born child has a life-threatening medical condition. But when war breaks out in her newly independent nation and her husband is forcibly conscripted into the army, she must make a fateful decision - stay put and jeopardize the life of one child, or flee her beloved homeland for a chance at surgical intervention, leaving her husband and second daughter behind. . . possibly forever.
Relentless is the powerful and inspiring story of an Eritrean woman who overcame incredible obstacles, defied a corrupt and murderous regime, and became an American immigrant success story.
"There is a proverb in my native Tigrinya language,
both warning and admonishment.
It goes like this:
Haki tseraba mot keraba.
It means, if you speak the truth, you will gather many enemies."
The Dreams of Freedom stories
The year is 1991, and a bloody thirty-year war with Ethiopia has just ended, earning Eritrea its first taste of freedom in over a century. But peace is a delicate flower easily trampled. Soon, the small Horn-of-Africa nation finds itself in the grip of a despotic madman, one they voted democratically into power. In the midst of exploding violence, a husband and wife torn apart by choice and circumstance will risk everything to save their children from a life of oppression, all on the slim promise of a future as bright as the one they had imagined for themselves.
One shattered family, two powerful accounts of love, heartbreak, and determination deep inside one of the world's most isolated and ruthless regimes.
~ Relentless - An Immigrant Story by Wudasi Nayzgi and Kenneth James Howe
~ I Will Not Grow Downward - Memoir Of An Eritrean Refugee by Yikealo Neab and Kenneth James Howe
I WILL NOT GROW DOWNWARD - MEMOIR OF AN ERITREAN REFUGEE
ONE MAN'S LONG AND PERILOUS FLIGHT FROM AFRICA'S HERMIT KINGDOM
A century of oppression never broke the spirit of the Eritrean people. After winning their freedom, a young man returns to Asmara to begin a new life, but his dreams of a home filled with happy children are quickly shattered when fighting resumes. Brutally rounded up for conscription into the army, subjected to inhumane treatment, forced to serve a despotic leader waging a war nobody wants, he will have to sacrifice everything just for a chance to get back what he has lost - his family, his freedom, and his birthright.
I Will Not Grow Downward offers an exceedingly rare glimpse inside the highly secretive and brutally repressive regime known as Africa's North Korea.