African Women tells, ‘in their own words’, the harrowing yet ultimately uplifting story of the experiences of three generations of women from Mark Mathabane’s immediate family: Granny, now in her eighties, his mother, Geli, and his sister Florah. All three live in Alexandra township near Johannesburg, and each in her own time has endured overwhelming hardship and indignity in the daily struggle for survival. Each has had not just to fend for herself, but to care for her children (in traditional society the welfare and upbringing of children is entirely the mother’s responsibility).
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