Written by Mariatu Kamara
and Susan McClelland
Published by Annick Press
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 one day when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers kidnapped and tortured her. In a brutal act of senseless violence, they cut off both her hands. Stumbling through the countryside, Mariatu miraculously made her way to the capital, Freetown, where she had to turn to begging to survive. This heart-rending memoir, written together with journalist Susan McClelland, not only chronicles her physical and emotional journey to the present, but stands as a testament to her astonishing courage and resilience.
Primary ISBN: 9781554511594
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Young Adult, Age 12 or older
Community Represented: Sierra Leonean/Sierra Leonean American
Setting: Sierra Leone, Canada
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
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