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Title: Toufah
Authors: Jallow, Toufah & Pittaway, Kim
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 310
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: When Toufah won a national competition that promised a full scholarship to any university in the world, it was the first step to fulfilling her dreams. But it turned into a nightmare when she was raped by the president of her West African country, The Gambia. With both her own and her family's safety at risk, she fled to Senegal and then sought refuge in Canada, eventually being in a position to publicly expose the since deposed dictator.

Introducing readers to the history and culture of The Gambia, this is a powerful and inspiring memoir of the courageous young woman and now advocate, who led the way for an African #MeToo movement. [Larger font]


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Well-written and easily readable."

"As well as reading about the abuse Toufah rose above, the reader also learns about a small African country and its culture."

"It is inspiring in the way Toufah can rise above the trauma and use it as a way of helping others."

"What a remarkable story - there's no doubt of its veracity."

"This is a remarkable story of huge bravery and determination, not without personal struggles and of overcoming all obstacles in her way."

"She was not yet 19 when she escaped from her native country and this makes her story all the more outstanding."

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, Morals/Ethics, Canada, 2023 Titles, Larger font, Gambia

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