Saturday, February 27, 2016

Odede and Posner's Find Me Unafraid

I read Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner's Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum (2015). It's pretty hard not to be impressed at the way these two young people came together and built community projects (through an NGO they founded called Shining Hope for Communities) in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.

She was a Wesleyan student who visited Kenya and was stubborn enough to demand to live as other people did, rather than in comfort. He was a very poor but remarkably resourceful and dedicated member of his community. One sometimes jarring aspect of the book is that the writing moves long quickly, sometimes breezily, even as the events themselves are sometimes brutal: rape, decapitation, you name it. The book flies through events, though perhaps that is appropriate given their own desire not to let disasters stop them from helping people.


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