There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children (2006)
by Melissa Fay Greene
In a dusty tin-walled compound on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a middle-class woman named Haregewoin Teferra suffered back-to-back losses: first her husband died of a heart attack; then her beloved 23-year-old daughter was consumed by an unnamed sickness. In grief, Haregewoin turned to the church and asked to be taken into seclusion. Instead of allowing the bereft woman to leave the world, the church presented her with two teenage orphans and asked her to house them. Once she opened her gate to the first two children, she never really managed to close it again. Her compound became known as a haven: here was a woman who did not run away from HIV-positive individuals and AIDS-orphaned children. From across the country, children were brought to Haregewoin on foot, by bus, or by donkey cart. There is No Me Without You shares the remarkable stories of a few of them, through the eyes of an author whose own life was altered while researching Haregowin's story.