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Jonny Stein­berg

The Africa Report - - CONTENTS - Char­lie Hamil­ton

Malian mu­si­cian Ben Zabo and com­mu­nity ra­dio in Tan­za­nia

A Man of Good Hope by award-win­ning South African au­thor and aca­demic Jonny Stein­berg is the pow­er­ful true story of one man’s re­fusal to be cowed by ad­ver­sity. The book tells the mov­ing story of Asad, whose boy­hood was brought to an abrupt end at age eight when he wit­nesses his mother’s mur­der at the hands of So­mali mili­ti­a­men in Mo­gadishu. Fol­low­ing the tragedy, his life free-falls as he is let down by a se­ries of rel­a­tives and friends charged with his care. As Asad be­comes an adult he grows wily, re­ly­ing on his wits for sur­vival as he em­barks on a tu­mul­tuous jour­ney across Ethiopia and Kenya be­fore ar­riv­ing in South Africa, lured by the prom­ise of wealth and op­por­tu­nity. In­ter­laced with com­men­tary from Stein­berg, the book gives a rarely doc­u­mented in­sight into the life of So­mali refugees. Stein­berg is a two-time win­ner of the Sun­day Times Alan Paton Award for non-fic­tion for his books Three Let­ter Plague and The Num­ber. His lat­est work is a telling tes­ta­ment to the hu­man spirit.

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