An inspirational and unforgettable story, The Disquieting Silence tells the sacredness of sisterhood, motherhood and friendship-the protective shield sisters, mothers and friends create to support and protect each other. Through the eyes of Sokhna, we learn the inner strength of a severely shunned and traumatized woman who rises above all odds and claims the place she deserves as a mother, a sister, a friend and a wife. Born in Mali in July of 1970, Habibata Thienta is a Malian author with a consistent formula, mostly giving a voice to African women who are victims of domestic violence or other kinds of physical and psychological abuses. She majored in education at Ecole Normale Superieure from 1987 to 1991 and joined the student body of UCONN in 1994 and GWU in 1999. From 1997 to 2014, she worked with the ECOWAS, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, an Education Specialist, an Operations Analyst and an International Education Consultant.