By Ashley Judd

ISBN-10: 0345524829

ISBN-13: 9780345524829

Ashley Judd is healthier often called the acclaimed actress in movies such as De Lovely and Double Jeopardy, yet nowadays she is prone to be came across wading via an African refugee camp or Asian brothel than on a movie set. for many of the prior decade Judd has been vacationing human rights hotspots world wide to unfold the be aware of desire, health and wellbeing, and gender equality on behalf of 1 of the major public future health nonprofits, PSI/YouthAIDS. Her paintings has placed her within the corporation of Bono, invoice Clinton, and different international leaders within the conflict opposed to affliction and poverty and in advocating grassroots courses to enhance the lives of girls and children.

Memories of her personal painful youth encouraged Judd to arrive out to these in determined desire, in particular abused and deserted ladies. She writes movingly of pals resembling Kausar, an AIDS patient within the slums of Mumbai who turns into an activist and peer-educator, and heroes equivalent to Dr. Rene, who lends his middle and soul to...

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And folks around Ashland all say how popular and beautiful she was. By the time Mom was a junior in high school, Dad had graduated from Fork Union seventh in his class and was enrolled at Georgia Tech. He flunked out after only one year—he said he was having too much fun fooling around to go to class. In the summer of 1963, he and Mom were still dating sporadically, but neither of them was about to marry. 0 during summer school at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Mom was thinking about college applications and dreaming of the future when suddenly her idyllic world, her parents’ marriage, and all of the Judd children’s childhoods were shattered.

It was clear at an early age that Sister (that’s what we call each other in the South) had a special musical gift. She could hear a tune on a television cartoon, then immediately go over to the piano and pick out the melody, or imitate Woody Woodpecker uncannily, making us laugh. I also remember that when she was still very young, grown-ups starting treating her as if there were something wrong with her. She began wetting the bed when she was eight, when Mom and Dad split up. She also walked in her sleep—once, a friend identified her in her footie pajamas walking on Sunset Strip in the middle of the night—and suffered frightening asthma attacks.

The scene offers snapshots of the horrors of eastern DRC: displacement, malaria, AIDS, malnutrition, and an epidemic of extreme violence and rape that defies the imagination. A week ago, in the village of Luvungi, rebels fighting for control of the vast mineral wealth in the region attacked a small village and raped 240 women of all ages. UN peacekeepers eleven miles away had been prodigiously warned and did nothing to prevent or intervene in the atrocities. Rape is a weapon of war here. This camp is a small oasis of security, if not hope, for a handful of Congolese.

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