Tuesday, March 10, 2009
THE BITE OF THE MANGO, BY SIERRA LEONAN WAR VICTIM MARIATOU KAMARA
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:
I really like the conection the cowriter and Mariatou made (she wrote a piece on it):
We salute your courage Mariatou Kamara!