This morning I was reading the Washington Post and I came across this article on a young woman from Uganda that was a former slave of a general there.
The woman is beautiful, her young daughter also beautiful and bright. I simply cannot imagine being abducted at 15 to become a slave to a general. It's like the move Raise the Red Lantern, but so much worse. And now she raises her daughter - born to her from her interactions with the general- by herself, with no help and very little income.
It's appalling. It's crazy-making.
My aunt has a tag-line on all her emails that reads: "Women are not dying because of diseases we cannot treat. They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving." Prof Mahmoud Fathalia, Egypt
This much I know to be true.
If you go to the Post website to watch the video... there is still hope in her story. She seems to be okay.
So in a moment of relaxation, you can watch her make ugali and hope that things will be different for her from this moment on. Hope that her daughter Harriet will have a better life. Hope that someday soon, we all find a way to protect young women from this practice of abduction and slavery.