Tuesday, March 10, 2009

THE BITE OF THE MANGO, BY SIERRA LEONAN WAR VICTIM MARIATOU KAMARA





Pic courtesy of Tony B.

Oh lala sometimes it takes stories like this to remind me that life is truly a gift, Marietou was raped for the second time of her life (she was raped by a man whom she was pressured to marry )at the age of 12 years old when RUF soldiers invaded her village kept girls like her captive and tortured them.
Her hands were chopped because her companions of misery and her didn't respond when these horrible ghosts of death asked them what type of punishment they deserved.(What kind of lunatics do these horrible things to kids ) .. After this attack she found herself living in a refugee camp in Freetown where she lost the baby born from the rape due to malnutrition: she didn't forgive herself for his death and thought that it was her lack of love that killed him...

A Sierra Leonan couple living in Canada saw a picture of her and decided to adopt her..
When she arrived in Canada she only spoke Tembe and was shy and couldnt play the same games kids her age were playing..it took her a long time to get adjusted to her new life, now years later she's a girly college student majoring in tourism but more importantly she's a UN Peace Ambassador sharing her story of pain and gratitude toward the Lord in her memoir "The Bite of the Mango" written by Susan Mclelland..
It's interesting that on 1 hand, Ismael Beah recounted the horor of the Sierra Leonan war from the point of the view of the boy soldier, and on the other she recounted her story from the point of view of an inocent war victim..at the end of the day they both symbols of pain and courage...

Her official website:
http://www.mariatufoundation.com
I really like the conection the cowriter and Mariatou made (she wrote a piece on it):
http://www.susanmcclelland.com/art_mariatu_and_me.htm

We salute your courage Mariatou Kamara!

3 comments:

Omo Oba said...

What an inspiring story! man, therez a lot of shit going down in Africa. I am proud to be African but come on now! Thank God for people like Marietou who can take pain and grief and turn it into inspiration. There are so many books out there to read for the summer. thanks for the info on this.

connasseee said...

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Rzchel said...

She came to my school yesterday...She was AMAZING!. What was even best was how she was just like any average girl her age: she loves shopping and partying and watching movies, but she also had a great sense of humor...when they mayor gave her a key to the city she said, "you gave me a key, so where's the car"