There is No Me Without You

content.chilifresh.com.jpgThere is No Me without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa’s Children by Melissa Fay Greene: As difficult as it is to imagine the full magnitude of the AIDS crisis in Africa, Greene manages to come close by detailing the lives of a few children in the path of a continental tragedy, and the woman who unexpectedly ended up saving them. Haregewoin Teferra, who almost accidentally took in first one, and then many, Ethiopian children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, is at the center of this moving account of disease, poverty, and hope. What is most admirable about Greene’s account is how very human she makes Teferra, who, despite her amazing acts of charity, is also no more than a middle-aged widow living in a city ravaged by chance. Greene’s exploration of the lives of children, treated as outcasts even by family members, and the emerging science behind AIDS, is well done, as is her exploration of adoption (Greene is herself the adopted mother of two Ethiopian children orphaned by AIDS). A lovely and meaningful book.

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