A Resilient Life – Mariam Issa

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This book paints a picture of a life in countries and cultures far removed from the nature of the affluent Melbourne suburb where Mariam eventually settled. It shares a story of resilience in the face of terrible hardship and of a great spirit of determination, optimism, and understanding of all that makes us human. By Miriam Issa.

Mariam Issa as a child dreamt of travelling to faraway places. She did not dream she would need to flee Somalia’s civil war on a leaky overcrowded boat to Kenya – pregnant and holding her two young sons for dear life. Nor did she dream of the horrors of bombings, or her close knit family being torn apart and spread to different countries, including Australia where she now resides.The story begins at the scene of her birth when her mother Hooyo, a strong dominant woman, is obeying the midwife’s instructions to give one last push in the sweltering heat of an equatorial town well south of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. This is a warm and candid story about a girl born into a culture and a nation dominated by clans and tribalism, patriarchy and superstition. Mariam’s story is one of overcoming limitations. In spite of the difficulties that face her due to her gender and circumstance, Mariam gains an education in Africa, and overcomes vast cultural differences to integrate in Australia by seeking opportunity to learn from a diversity of local women who combine careers, motherhood and community contribution.

 

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    This book paints a picture of a life in countries and cultures far removed from the nature of the affluent Melbourne suburb where Mariam settled.

    • Print length: 238 pages
    • Publication date: March 21, 2017

     

     

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    Dimensions 64 × 43 × 42 cm
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    MARIAM ISSA Speaker, Author, Storyteller, Community Builder. At age 30, Mariam Issa moved to a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, from her Somali homeland with her husband, four children and a fifth on the way. Far away from the tight communities and families in Somalia, Mariam found herself in a foreign country that had a foreign language and a foreign culture. Similar to a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, she spent 10 years going through depression, the victim phase, an anger phase, and finally, arriving at the activist phase. Through her powerful stories that tell her trials and tribulations, she has inspired countless women who have had similar experiences to stop seeing themselves as victims, but to see the butterfly within in order to achieve their fullest potential.

    Mariam is the distinguished author of the book, “A Resilient Life,” a story of resilience in the face of hardship and the spirit of determination, optimism, and understanding of all that makes us human.
    She is the co-founder of RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women), a not-for-profit organisation that supports women’s resilience through intercultural dialogue and exchange facilitated by storytelling, cooking and gardening.
    Mariam continues to share her experience and commitment to improving refugee’s lives by sitting on the board of Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, serving as an ambassador for Refugee Council of Australia and a Director at Family Peace. She is an International Women’s Forum member and co-founder of Space2b. She was awarded the Ambassador of Peace award from the Universal Peace Federation in recognition of her on-going work promoting social cohesion among Melbourne’s culturally diverse population.

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