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2013.02.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

African Immigrant Jailed for Divorce to Share Personal Story on Campus

Omaha - Omaha's Ruth Marimo spent three years in jail waiting to be deported after her now ex-husband turned her in as an illegal immigrant as punishment for asking for a divorce. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 Marimo will bring her story of struggle and self-acceptance to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Marimo is an African immigrant, lesbian and single mother of two. She will share parts of her memoir, “Freedom of an Illegal Immigrant,” from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room as part of Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A-and-book-signing session. Free food will also be provided.

Marimo moved to the United States from Zimbabwe at the age of 19 in 1999. Her memoir addresses every aspect of her identity from losing her mother to suicide at an early age through finally accepting her homosexuality after a six-year marriage.

As part of her visit to UNO, Marimo will speak about the dangerous of coming out in a very anti-gay culture, as well as the struggles of what it means to be an LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) in the United States, taken from the experiences of others she has met since writing her memoir.

UNO’s Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Maverick Diversity Coalition, American Multicultural Students and UNO Sociology Club are sponsoring this visit.

Any questions about the event should be directed to Helen Kang, SOLP’s assistant director for cultural programs, at helenkang@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2711.


Courtesy of AuthorHouse

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