Yusuf, the father of two young girls, Ayani, 13 and Aisha,12, has defied tradition in their village in Southern Sudan and prohibited his daughters from undergoing ritual female circumcision [Female Genital Mutilation].
Yusuf, the father of two young girls, Ayani, 13 and Aisha,12, has defied tradition in their village in Southern Sudan and prohibited his daughters from undergoing ritual female circumcision [Female Genital Mutilation]. His wife who had undergone the ritual, died giving birth to Aisha. Yusuf loses his life under mysterious circumstances and within days, the ritual is performed on the older sibling. Aisha realises that soon her turn will come and decides to run away from the village, choosing the uncertainty of possible death on the run over the sure knowledge that she will be set upon and mutilated should she remain behind.
A group of four young South African doctors plan a safari to the Murchison Falls National Park in northern Uganda to celebrate the end of their Internship. While sitting around their camp fire one evening, one of the members of the group lets slip that he had seen the wife of the group leader, Dr John Silver, leaving the room of a ‘playboy’ colleague under suspicious circumstances. Enraged by the news of his wife’s infidelity, John climbs into one of the group’s Land Rovers and drives off into the night. After some distance his headlights pick up an object in the road surrounded by a pack of hyenas.
Armed with an axe he approaches the object and discovers the body of a child. Following her recovery, the child (Aisha) begs her rescuers to also rescue her sister and a daring, military style raid into Southern Sudan is planned….
Donald Emby was born in 1949 in Durban, South Africa. He attended Potchefstroom High School for Boys and after matriculating in 1966, spent a year in the Air Force Gymnasium. In 1968 he entered Medical School at the University of the Witwatersrand; doing much of his clinical training at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. He graduated at the end of 1973 and after four years in general medicine, he specialised in Radiology, obtaining his Fellowship in 1982. For the last twenty-five years of his career, he served as a Consultant Radiologist to the South African mining industry.
He played rugby at school and at university and then spent ten years as a student of the martial arts. In later life he developed a keen interest in nature conservation and birding. During the course of a medical career that spanned forty years he had more than twenty articles accepted for publication in peer reviewed medical journals. Following his retirement from full time Radiological Practice in 2012, he turned his hand to non-medical writing. He lives in Clarens, is married and has a son and a daughter.