Why did I love this book?
I’ve always been interested in the subculture of Peace Corp and NGO workers in Africa. Journalist Deborah Scroggins traveled to Sudan to research British aid worker Emma McCune and to interview the people whose lives she recounts. Emma McCune, reputed to have said to Scroggins, “In my heart, I’m Sudanese,” left her former life behind to marry SPLM guerilla leader Riek Macher. During the years McCune and Macher were married, the country was engaged in a brutal civil war. Years after Emma McCune died, Macher became South Sudan’s first vice-president. Emma McCune died in a car accident in Nairobi in 1993 while pregnant. Emma McCune personifies the idealism of the new nation as we read her story of trying to make a difference in a country overrun by the longest-running civil war in Africa. Just like South Sudan itself, Emma McCune is a legend whose short life disturbs and inspires.