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Charles Cilliers Speaks to Amina Cachalia’s Children About Their Memories of Her

When Hope and History RhymeCharles Cilliers from City Press spoke to Coco and Ghaleb Cachalia about their mother, Amina Cachalia, who passed away earlier this year shortly before the publication of her memoir, When Hope and History Rhyme.

Her children, now in their fifties, recalled a “demure, little wisp of a person, who could have been stepped on” but who made sure that she wasn’t, by asserting herself. They said that her memoir started off as a small project when she turned 80, which she was writing for her grandchildren, but then, “she realised it was a story that would resonate more broadly”.

Amina Cachalia’s children, Coco and Ghaleb, share their memories of their mother as she shares hers of the struggle in When Hope and History Rhyme, writes Charles Cilliers.

Simple, stubborn, to the point and willing to do whatever it took to defeat injustice – that’s the spirit of Amina Cachalia that shines through most strongly in a book we’re lucky to have, considering she passed away (in her 83rd year) just weeks before its release.

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