Jacqui Zimba was a child- soldier, she faced death and hardship and felt resentment and resistance towards her own femininity. Jacqui’s memoir does not only recount her struggle but that of a community that had to endure and fight against every possible difficulty imposed by an undemocratic and racist structure.
Black Consciousness was her home and she started hanging out with Ámazimzim, a group of intellectuals who knew a lot, including politics. It was during these times that her world erupted in guns and violence, but she kept studying and wished to attend the Steve Biko University. The movement eventually fell apart after 1994 because of internal arguments. She became aware of her womanhood and the importance of women’s role in the struggle and moved north for the possibility of a new life.
Publisher: Jacana Media, South Africa
Publication date: October 2016
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