Synopses & Reviews
"An affirmation of life and the indestructibility of one man's will to make the most of it."Ian Wynne, author of The Pawn and Shadows by My Side, former editor of Human Rights Defender, Amnesty International
Born in the midst of the EthiopianEritrean Civil War, Tewodros "Teddy" Fekadu survives abandonment and famine as his family flings him unwanted across borders and regions, into orphanages, and finally onto the streets of Addis Ababa. Spanning five countries and three continents, the Catholic Church, and Japanese detention centers, this is a tale of defiance and triumph, and also of family loveunacknowledged by his wealthy father, abandoned by his desperately poor mother, Teddy is nurtured along the way by staunch individuals despite his ambiguous place in rigid family tradition: his father's mother, a maternal aunt, a Catholic priest, and even his father's wife.
In 2003, after three years in a Japanese detention center, Tewodros "Teddy" Fekadu won a hard-fought immigration battle, and his visa to Australia was approved. He now resides on the Gold Coast, where he founded an association that shares African traditions and heritage through performance and educational programs. He also works with organizations to resettle African refugees to the Gold Coast. He is an inspirational speaker, presenting to such diverse audiences as adoptive families, human rights groups, and East African immigrants. Tewodros' company, Moonface Entertainment, produces films and documentaries on East Africa. He regularly returns to Africa to shoot footage for his projects, and travels to the United States to promote his work.
An abandoned Ethiopian boy fights for more than mere survival: acceptance, education, and a life beyond poverty and war.
About the Author
Tewodros was born in Eritrea in 1971, and scraped through his childhood years between relatives' houses and the streets of Ethiopia. He has since lived in five countries on three continents. Since 2003, he has lived on the Gold Coast of Australia, where he is an active member of the community. He is the founder and president of the African Communities Association Gold Coast Inc., which shares African traditions and heritage through performance, education and training programs, and festivals. He also works with a number of community-based organisations, volunteering his time to assist with the resettlement of African refugees to the Gold Coast. Tewodros company, Moonface Entertainment, produces films and documentaries about East Africa. He regularly returns to Africa to shoot footage for his projects.