In Oaxaca, I have especially rich resources as there is a wonderful English-language bookstore and the Oaxaca Lending Library. Each year, I buy at couple of books at Amate and then I donate them to the library or leave them for other tenants of my apartments.
I just finished Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement, a Mexico City author who won a humanitarian award for the novel.
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Ladydi, a young Guerrero girl lives in a village of women. The men have all left for the North and the young girls are stolen to be trafficked by the drug cartels. Once a girl reaches 11 years of age, she must be "made ugly" or hidden to avoid kidnapping.
In Mexico, as in many countries of the world, women are stolen and forced to work in factories or brothels. They are moved across international boundaries and make up a "hidden world of women".
The girls in Ladydi's village are hidden in holes dug in the cornfields.
Certainly, on International Women's Day, as I sit on my patio in this beautiful city, I am reminded that there are so many women in the world who are not as fortunate as I am.