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My Life Among the Afar Nomads of Africa

By Valerie Browning, John Little

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 March 2009
In 1973, Valerie Browning, a young Sydney nurse, volunteered to go to Ethiopia to help the victims of a devastating famine. She had little or no conception of Africa or Africans, and yet the continent and its people would become the guiding force of her life. Galvanised by the suffering she witnessed in Ethiopia, on her return to Australia she became a human rights and aid activist for the people of the Horn of Africa. Valerie's work led her back to Africa again and again, involving her - at considerable risk to herself - in the armed liberation conflicts of the region. Even as she discovered brutality and corruption at the heart of these political movements, she also found love, marrying Ismael Ali Gardo, whose people, the Afar, roamed Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Sudan as nomadic herdsmen. In one of the most inhospitable landscapes on earth, Valerie and Ismael have waged an incredible struggle, bringing health and education to a people who would otherwise have nothing.


EAN: 9780330424745
ISBN: 0330424742
Publisher: Pan Australia
Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.9 centimetres (0.19 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Dianne on
This is a fabulous book about an amazing women. I received it the day after I bought it because the seller lived in a neighbouring town.
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This is an amazing and inspirational story about how one person can make an enormous difference to other people's lives. Also provides an interesting insight into a little known about group of people and their political struggles that they face. Highlights difficulties in getting aid onto the ground where it's needed. A great read - also see 2009 60 minutes interview for update on story.

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