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The Bite of the Mango - Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland
The Bite of the Mango
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The astounding story of one girl's journey from war victim to UNICEF Special Representative. As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry. But when 12-year-old... show more
The astounding story of one girl's journey from war victim to UNICEF Special Representative. As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry. But when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers, many no older than children themselves, attacked and tortured Mariatu. During this brutal act of senseless violence they cut off both her hands. Stumbling through the countryside, Mariatu miraculously survived. The sweet taste of a mango, her first food after the attack, reaffirmed her desire to live, but the challenge of clutching the fruit in her bloodied arms reinforced the grim new reality that stood before her. With no parents or living adult to support her and living in a refugee camp, she turned to begging in the streets of Freetown. In this gripping and heartbreaking true story, Mariatu shares with readers the details of the brutal attack, its aftermath and her eventual arrival in Toronto. There she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope. (20081120)
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781554511587 (1554511585)
Publisher: Annick Press
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
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Book Notes from Liz
Book Notes from Liz rated it
5.0 The Bite of the Mango
Moving story of the courage required of those growing up in war torn, traditional countries in Africa, especially young women.
Vanessa Jaye's Book Daze
Vanessa Jaye's Book Daze rated it
2.0
This ia a harrowing tale and one can't help but admiring Mariatu's indomitable spirit to overcome & endure all that she has in her relatively short life.But as for the actual writing/relating of the story..., I skimmed through some earlier reviews and noted two couple of comments that resonated with...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
5.0 The Bite of the Mango
Compelling memoir of a girl who suffered horrific events during the civil war in Sierra Leone.
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