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Guest Post By Abigal Muchecheti – Married To A Devil

on May 29, 2012

Married To A Devil  by Abigal Muchecheti

Married To A Devil is a book based on a true story.  The book explores the challenges of not only being a woman in a culture that is so patriarchal but the challenges both mentally and physically of being a disabled woman in such a society.

The protagonist moves from one form of abuse to another, from ridicule, rape and sexual violence and abuse as she grew up.  She got married to the very man who raped  her and lived in a four year hell of a marriage.  She lived in constant fear of contracting HIV/AIDS and when the marriage was finally over,  she was courageous enough to face her demons- going for tests.

Hers was a struggle and was never easy but Vimbai persevered and never gave up on life. The book raises issues that apply to many women across the globe and proves that there is always light at the end of the tunnel and we should not give up.

Being disabled was a struggle on its own and Vimbai managed to rise above it. Nothing though had prepared her for the horrors of the abusive marriage. Further to the stigma associated with being disabled she also had to stand strong against a society that thought because of her disability she was a witch and would therefore not stay last in a marriage.

She could have stayed in the abusive relationship just to fit in the society but Vimbai had to leave. She realised that once a person was an abuser, they always would be. With head held high, she walked away from the violence and the life full of sexually transmitted diseases. She had done it-the inevitable- a divorced disabled woman but she knew life had to go on.

Despite the humiliating reaction to  her disability from the villagers, she decided to work alongside the medical team to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS despite the psychological effects of all  she had gone through.

To the village Vimbai was a survivor and had proved that disability is not inability.

Enjoy the story that gives hope and inspiration for those in difficult situation. Here is the link: http://www.chipmunkapublishing.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2172 uk/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2172

Abigal Muchecheti’s blog:  exquisitelady.blogspot.com

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