Waiting by Goretti Kyomuhendo
A Novel of Uganda's Hidden War

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Set during the last year of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s brutal regime, Waiting exposes the fear and courage of a small, close-knit community uncertain of what the edicts of a madman and the marauding of his uncontrollable army will bring with each coming day. As Amin’s war with Ugandan exiles and the Tanzanian army comes to an end, one family learns what it takes to survive and eventually to plan for a new life.

Goretti Kyomuhendo won the Uganda National Literary Award for Best Novel of the Year in 1999. She currently directs FEMRITE, a women’s publishing house in Uganda.


About Goretti Kyomuhendo

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Kyomuhendo (1965- ) was born and raised in Hoima, Western Uganda. She started writing in 1992 for Kampala-based newspapers and has since expanded in writing fiction; she has published four novels. Kyomuhendo also co-founded FEMRITE, a women's publishing house, and is currently working as their Program Coordinator.
Published May 1, 2007 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 136 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Against this landscape of rapine and terror, the family must deal with the personal trials of family and village life.

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Difficulties arise as brother Tendo runs off to join the ""Liberators,"" and Alinda's female friend, Jungu, an outcast child of mixed Indian and black heritage, falls in love with a Tanzanian solider and aims to become the first female member of the army.

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Project MUSE

(of which Kyomuhendo is a founding member and currently the program coordinator), an indigenous, nonprofit association that grew out of the Ugandan Women Writers Association and was born of the need to organize women literary writers nationally and internationally.

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