Why Do I Scream at God for the Rape of Babies?

Book Why Do I Scream at God for the Rape of Babies?

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- By: Claudia Ford(Author)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:128
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (November 16, 2004)
- Bestsellers rank: 1
- Category: Parenting & Relationships
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At the center of Why Do I Scream at God for the Rape of Babies? is the tragic story of a five-month-old South African baby named Vyanna who is left alone in a Johannesburg porn theater by her homeless mother and then gang-raped. The story's heart, however, is one of healing, courage and growing love that Vyanna's adoptive mother experiences from the moment she sees the little girl. Journal entries, letters to friends and South African courts, and memories weave together Ford's two-year chronicle of a most unusual—and rewarding—mother-daughter relationship.

"What can I say? I wept; I laughed in rueful recognition of the transcendent, luminous ordinariness of mothering. It is a work of staggering love and courage."-Dr. Margaret Orr, Director of the Centre for Learning, Teaching, and Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa In South Africa, over 15 percent of all reported rapes are against children under age eleven; 26 percent are against children ages twelve through seventeen. In 2000, fifty-eight children a day were raped or the victims of rape attempts. On December 2, 2001, in a ghetto porn theatre in Johannesburg, a five-month-old girl was violated and defiled—gang raped and left for dead. Within two weeks of the transgression, little Vyanna would find herself in the care of her new mother, Claudia J. Ford. This short book is a love letter: a record of the suffering and ongoing strength of one miraculous baby girl; of the bonding between a mother and daughter who found each other in the most heartrending of circumstances; of the celebration of tiny successes and enormous strides in the aftermath of a brutal crime. Infant and child rape are an unfathomable offense, so much so that it hurts to talk about it, gives us chills to read about it. Ford brings compassion and awareness to an offense that goes too often ignored or unreported. In the weaving together of journal entries, poems, epigrams, letters, and portions of scholarly papers, Ford sets out to leave a written testimony for her daughter and to lift the veil of secrecy as one step toward the prevention of such unspeakable assault. Sharing this story is an act of love, a project of faith, and, most of all, a declaration of the power of courage and hope.

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  • By Guest on October 1, 2016

    Great story. Waited too long for shipping info.

  • By Joyce Woodson on February 27, 2005

    How can we live in a sophisticated high tech world where desperate ignorant men rape babies to rid themselves of AIDS, addicted and abused women allow their babies to be brutalized, and governments play games with HIV/AIDS statistics to make sure tourism is not undermined in their country? When I finshed the book and wiped my tears, I too felt angry and wanted to scream. This poignant journey of one strong woman and one strong-willed woman-child changes the screams of anger into shouts of victory. Ford embodies the strength that we all need to make changes in our "sophisticated" societies ... we can each stop screaming and start doing something about the challenges we see every day. Ford did that. A powerful book from a powerful spirit.

  • By AJSBaker on December 7, 2004

    This book is engaging, moving and unforgettable. It will toll in your heart like a bell.The reader begins a journey with Ford at her first meeting with the baby, a survivor of rape at five months old. Ford asks us how the world became complacent, how we lost feeling, lost compassion, and then takes the reader by the hand, and says "walk with me" and we begin to regain our senses. Through the clarity of her writing we allowed into Ford's tears, her grappling, her powerful mother's love and her struggle for solutions. Our Compassion is restored. This book will change you forever.

  • By Auntie General on December 4, 2004

    Ms. Ford has courageously put a face on the shameful epedemic and barbarian act of child abuse and AIDs ignorance around the World and specifically South Africa. This is an intimate and eloquent chronicle of how Ms. Ford and her daughter Vyanna's life intersected at precisely the right moment when the world needs to hear God..This story gives us a glimpse of what happens when we open our hearts, excercise our faith and believe that, all of us, must take responsibility for the children.

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