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Fearless Fighter: An Autobiography [Paperback]

Vera Chirwa
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29 Oct 2007
Vera Chirwa's story is one of betrayal, imprisonment, torture and exile. Yet it is also a story of hope, inspiration and extraordinary bravery. Born under British colonial rule, even as a child she was aware of the injustice meted out to her as an African and a girl. While struggling for her education, she met and fell in love with Orton Chirwa, a charismatic teacher and activist. From then on their fates became intertwined with the politics of their country after independence. As a campaigner, politician, lawyer, wife and mother, Chirwa has left an indelible mark on Malawian politics. Her life embodies African struggles against colonialism and corruption.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd (29 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842779664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842779668
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vera Mlangazua Chirwa was born in Malawi (then Nyasaland) in 1932. Unusually for a girl in Africa at the time, her parents allowed her to be sent to school in Livingstonia and Blantyre. Shortly after leaving school she met Orton Chirwa, a teacher and political campaigner. They married in 1951. Vera continued her education, training to become Malawi's first female lawyer, whilst looking after the couple's children and working in the Ministry of Land. Angered by the institutional racism and discrimination in the country Vera and Orton were founding members of the Malawi Congress Party in 1959, and Vera led the League of Malawi Women. When the country gained independence in 1961, Orton Chirwa was a senior figure in the new government. In the early years of independence, however, factions emerged around the president and the Chirwas suffered years of exile and detention without trial. Following her release from prison in 1991, as a result of major international campaigns, she became a leading voice campaigning for human rights and civil society in Africa. Vera Chirwa is a lawyer and politician. She was the first Malawian woman ever to qualify as a lawyer and a founding member of the League of Malawi Women. After suffering nine years of detention without trial, she became a leading voice campaigning for human rights and civil society in Africa.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Malawians - please read!! 2 Jan 2011
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There are very few books that give a personal Malawian's account of what happened in the 1950s and 1960s. I am very happy that Vera Chirwa survived her struggles to write an account of life in this very volatile transition from colonial rule to independence. The beauty of this book is that very few people were close to Kamuzu Banda in those formative years and Vera Chirwa and Orton Chirwa are one of those; So much so that Kamuzu named one of their children after himself. They saw both the good and bad side of Kamuzu and she tries her best to give a reasoned account of the times without overly castigating the man that sent her to prison for 12 years for no good reason. A must read for all Malawians. Heather Katsonga-Phiri, 2011.
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