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A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremisim in Africa by Alexis Okeowo

I have had this book on my book wish list for quite awhile now, and finally ordered it. I was not disappointed.

This book is a collection of 4 stories of women and men in different African countries and some of the struggles that they have faced just trying to live their everday lives. From kidnappings and death threats, to forced marriages and slavery, these resilient people have faced and endured things that I could never imagine.

The stories were presented in 2 parts, part 1 a kind of before and setting of the backstory and part 2 the conclusion and how they conquered.

The stories are absolutely amazing and what really got me was not only how brave and strong the people were, but how recent the events are. Most of the events took place in the 2010s, some events are results of things from the 1980s or 1990s or even earlier.

I think that this book is a great starting point for anyone who is looking to learn more about current events in African countries. Each story is but brief glimpse into major events that have and are taking place and further research into them will provide one with a greater understanding of Africa, Africans and the world. So many things are glossed over by the media, and I feel like as a Westerner, I need to look beyond what is told to me to get a truer and better understanding.

An amazing read, it took me only 2 days to read and has awakened a desire in me to learn more. Definitely a must read!

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