To give you a perspective of what life is like for the women of Chad, we present several personal testimonies of Chadian women from the Guéra, taken from the book "Là où habitent les femmes" (Where the Women Live), edited by Renée Johns and Rachel Bokoro of the Mennonite Central Committee, published in 1993.
Hanana was not at home
when we arrived. She lived in Monjino, a village of lepers just
outside of Mongo. Her friends told us that she was in the
fields; so we took a truck to go get her. When she saw us, she
had a yoke on her shoulders with a heavy load of dried herbs.
She burst out laughing when she saw us. Despite her hands and
feet mutilated by leprosy, she appeared to be incredibly strong and
I was born here in the Guéra, and I lived
here until I was 25 years old. Then I left for Gedarif in Sudan
for thirteen years. We grew groundnuts and sesame seeds
there. I was there with my brother. My parents stayed here
in the Guéra. The children of my brother were born in
Sudan. They went to Mecca when the wife of my brother was giving
birth. They stayed there. We were happy in Sudan.. We grew
groundnuts and sesame seeds and I was well pay for my work. The
people were very nice. I learned to sing in Sudan. Here,
people did not sing much.
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