The African woman is lionised in several poetic verses in JR Alila’s “THIRTEEN CURSES OF MOTHER AFRICA,” (Lulu Books ), and justifiably so: The African woman is largely localized, often passed by rural-urban migration, yet she must feed, protect and mold the character of her son, only to lose him to the corrupting influence of urban life.

The African woman must continue to walk for miles to the spring for water; she must till the same piece of barren land of thirty years before; she must feed her orphaned grandchildren the way she fed her children, only with even fewer resources.

The African woman must face the vagaries of wars, weather, disease, hunger, dictators and poverty—often alone, as her ineffectual husband is either inebriated, lost to some urban center, or simply overwhelmed by his situation.

Happy Mothers Day

JR Alila

(Has been posted elsewhere in the web)

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