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