The Screaming of the Innocent

By Dow, Unity; Whittaker, Peter | New Internationalist, January/February 2003 | Go to article overview

The Screaming of the Innocent


Dow, Unity, Whittaker, Peter, New Internationalist


This is a remarkable novel by a woman who already has a string of outstanding achievements to her name. Unity Dow is widely known for her distinguished record as a campaigning human-rights lawyer and she is currently Botswana's first - and only - female High Court judge.

In this, her second novel, the author has taken up the contentious theme of the ritual killing of children - a practice highlighted by the still-unsolved discovery of a child's torso in the River Thames in London last year.

The crime of abduction and murder of Neo Kakang, a 12-year-old girl, is carried out by Disanka, a successful businessman generally agreed to be a pillar of the community; a `good' man. His accomplices are the village's sub-chief and the ambitious and scheming deputy head of the school. The police inform Neo's mother that she has been killed by wild animals and it seems the men have committed their foul crime with impunity. …

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