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Until the mothers came along ...

In relation to the article "The sins of our fathers", I can understand Akua Djanie is the childhood victim of an absent father but can I ask her: What if the father had nothing to do with it? What if it was the mother who left and took the children away, who went on to marry someone else in denial of him? What if it was not his choice, not his will? What is he supposed to do? Fight her? No. I'm one of the lucky ones who was raised in love by both parents but I am also one of the fathers who have had their children taken away from them. I am sorry for Akua and every child that is separated from his or her father, but I am more sorry for myself. And I am not sorry at all for the woman who brings such a hell on herself. Is it your father's fault that you are now alone, single, trying to be both a mother and father to your children? I am sorry, but the "sins of the fathers", ultimately, are not the sins of the fathers. We were doing quite all right till the mothers came along.

Zueli Radebe,

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Title Annotation:READERS' VIEWS
Author:Radebe, Zueli
Publication:New African
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 1, 2009
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