By Maureen Murungi Namirembe
One woman’s account of rising above bloodshed and tragedy, and realizing that Happiness is Calling You. What if death, despair, and violence were a daily part of your childhood? Could you overcome this daily struggle with fear and brutality and rise to embrace love and hope? Maureen Namirembe’s story is an account of survival and perseverance in the face of extreme adversity and heartbreak. Maureen grew up in Uganda during that country’s most turbulent and dangerous time. Her childhood was fraught with tragedy, death, and loss. Many of her friends and family disappeared or were killed over a span of only a few years. Armed soldiers stalked her neighborhood looking for young children to press into their armed gangs. Rape, murder and bloodshed were all a part of her daily life. Uganda’s Civil War and the widespread heartbreak associated with that conflict defined the country while she was a child, but she did not let it define her. Maureen was raised by her grandmother and cousin. Her mother died when she was only twelve. Though she could have let her past define her, Maureen rose above the challenges and obstacles in her life to become an inspiration to those in despair and pain. Her positive message of hope and love will inspire you to live your life to the fullest. Her hope is that you realize your full potential and embrace the message she is sharing with you in Happiness is Calling You, her gift to the world.