My Fathers' Daughter
For the first twenty years of my life this is what I knew about my background: I was born in Eritrea a tiny country on the north-east coast of Africa. My mother died in childbirth, my father soon afterwards, I was placed in an orphanage in Asmara, the capital, by a distant relative, or perhaps a neighbour. That’s it. The sum total of my family knowledge.
Six months later I was adopted by a British academic and that’s how I ended up growing up in a white family in Manchester. And then one day, when I was a student in Liverpool, I received a letter with an Eritrean postmark. It was from my brother in Asmara, the one I never knew I had.
My Fathers’ Daughter is Hannah Pool’s brave and heartbreaking story of her return to Africa to meet the family she lost – and the father she thought was dead…
Eritrean born journalist, author and commentator Hannah Azieb Pool writes regularly in the national and international media. Hannah has written features, interviews and comment for the Guardian for over a decade. Hannah’s work also appears in The Times, The Sunday Times, Vogue. Grazia, The Independent, and others.