Interviewing Ruth Marimo: the Mother, activist and Writer of the Memoir ‘Freedom of an Illegal Immigrant’


In the spring of 2013, I had the opportunity to meet Ruth Marimo, a phenomenal female author, activist and inspirational speaker from South Africa. Witnessing more than a decade of her life in the United States amid excruciating struggles, physical and mental torment, she documents the horrendous events of physical abuse, deportation and extreme suffering at the Cass County jail of Omaha, Nebraska in her memoir ‘Freedom of An Illegal Immigrant’. At the University of Nebraska at Omaha to promote her new book along with her two children, Marimo spoke at length about her experiences with marginalization, domestic violence, abuse and sexual objectification. Her visit was also marked with another objective. While talking about how she gradually embraced her self-identity as a lesbian through encountering abuse, violence and betrayal, Marimo strongly advocated the rights of the girl child worldwide.

Read here to find out some glimpses of her empowering speeches and her candid conversations regarding her book and her life. As a freelance writer/feature correspondent for ‘Gateway’, I feel privileged to unfold her story.


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