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Sejlbare Floder

Selvfølgeligheder ophørte med at være selvfølgeligheder. Kvindernes erkendelser i forbindelse med sygdom, sundhed og fremtid var mere betydningsfulde end mine egne ambitiøse ideer.

Jeg lyttede, forundredes og rystedes. Jeg lyttede igen og fik noget at vide. Oceanerne forvandledes til sejlbare floder, opg jeg søgte længere ind i min nye tilværelse og anede rigdomme, som jeg aldrig tidligere havde kendt.

Hvordan kan jeg nogensinde mere græde over kærlighed der forsvinder. Kærlighed forsvinder ikke, den forandres kun, ligesom alt andet levende  forandres fra liv til død og til liv igen, uafhængigt af verdens øvrige elendighed. det er ikke kun veje og maskiner, som får et fattigt folk til at overleve.

Saras Rejse

 Dette er en fortælling om hvordan fire menneskers livsbaner i en kort periode mødes og skilles, og hvordan de i deres sårbarhed og søgen efter egen identitet og en fremtid er med til at forme hinandens skæbne. sara er en dansk udviklingsarbejder i Afrika. De fire mænd omkring hende er Chimuka, en ung mand fra Zambia, som hun har kendt i mange år og hjulpet til en uddannelse i Kenya, hendes nabo Juma, som vogter over hende, samt to venner fra et af Nairobis slumkvarterer - Koko som bliver hendes kæreste og Ibrahim som hun en dag finder dræbt udenfor sit hus.

The Father og Andromeda

Review in Nordjyske Stiftstidende  11.05.2011

 

Books

Birgit Berggree and Dixon Kelvin Chimuka Sikkabota:

“The Father of Andromeda”

* * * * * (Five out of six starts is very good - six starts is very exceptional.)


To write a novel originated from letters is a challenge, but The Father of Andromeda catches you. This novel is based on real events and thousands of handwritten pages of letters from an African man during a period of 30 years.

 

The book describes all “diseases” influencing a great deal of the beautiful African continent: corruption, dictatorship and jealousy towards the one fighting for a bright future. There is a dream of a better life for one self and ones children, and this dream exist in all cultures. If we identify with this important dream, which is the same in all of us, how can we then – with our wealth, contentment and overweight – lock our selves up and turn indifferent about million of other people starving or living in slavery? 

 

We follow the main character Chimuka in his personal strive for development. As a young man his dream is to get in touch with a western view of life with wealth, democracy and justice. A personal break down, when his dreams collapse, follows and finally Chimuka realises what his life is about. He sees through his unrealistic aspiration of a bright career and huge prosperity, instead of what makes life bearable: children, his family and accepting his own cultural background. He “lost a diamond while searching for stones”. There is so much wisdom in his letters.

And they are sharp. Chimuka is a mix of western and African lifestyle – something which neither part accepts. He challenges the western way of financial aid to poor countries; aid benefiting corrupt leaders more than supporting the poor.

He hit the difference between African and European way of thinking, and demonstrates how the African has a more positive attitude to life than the European mainly focused on career and property.

 

The book is exceptional, beautiful and wise. And enjoyable. Most enchanting is the story of a bus ride on the African roads. 

The novel describes a young African experience of “us”, but also about close bonds crossing cultures. It is written in a comfortable English, is pleasant reading and reflection. 

 

Peter Duetoft

Former Member of the Danish Parliament

Present Member of Local Government in Hjorring District