Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love and Injustice in Sierra Leone by Kathleen MartinKamakwie: Finding Peace, Love and Injustice in Sierra Leone by Kathleen Martin

Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love and Injustice in Sierra Leone

byKathleen Martin

Paperback | November 18, 2011

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Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature finalist, 2013

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2013 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature nominee

Sierra Leone is the poorest country in Africa. Yet it is populated by people who are hopeful, and aspire to better themselves through education, proper health care, and through putting behind them the horrors of civil war.

Kathleen Martin spent several weeks in the tiny village of Kamakwie in the interior of the West African country. Here she spoke to the people - and the children -- about their lives, their aspirations, their memories of war. The experience was a revelation, which she has so wonderfully chronicled in this moving and inspiring portrait of a people willing to forgive so they can look to the future with regained hope and dignity.

Kathleen Martin is an editor, writer, and executive director of the Canadian Sea Turtle Network. She is the author of six non-fiction books for children. She lives in Halifax.Kathleen Martin is an editor, writer, and executive director of the Canadian Sea Turtle Network. She is the author of six non-fiction books for children. She live...
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Title:Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love and Injustice in Sierra LeoneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:November 18, 2011Publisher:Red Deer PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889954720

ISBN - 13:9780889954724

Appropriate for ages: 12

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"Kamakwie is a wonderful piece of literature that has the ability to touch the hearts and minds of North Americans. It is refreshing to see Ms. Martin translate the lives of youth affected by war in Sierra Leone in such a powerful, yet honest and hopeful manner."

Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire, author of the best-selling, Governor General's Award winner Shake Hands With the Devil.

"Buy this book. Read it yourself and share it with your children and your students and the world will be changed. It is impossible to be unmoved by this tragic but inspiring story of individuals who have seen the worst and still have hope. . . "Kamakwie is not a tragedy. It is a story of resilience and joy. Whether they were able to flee the war or were forced to stay and endure, everyone has a story, but, remarkably, the photos provide evidence of people who are allowing themselves to smile again. People have hope for a better future for their children, but that future doesn't include passing on hatred and bitterness for the wounds of the past."
Highly Recommended.
CM Magazine

"The purpose of Martin's story seems to be twofold: on one hand, she wants to showcase a people striving for progress and finding joy wherever possible, on the other, she wants to remind the world that we knew what was going on during Sierra Leone's civil war. . . Martin encourages readers. . . to do whatever they can to help people in need. The lesson that will hopefully linger long after reading is that, in Martin's words, 'it is not anger that will fix injustice. It is love. Boundless.'"
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Editorial Reviews

"Kamakwie is a wonderful piece of literature that has the ability to touch the hearts and minds of North Americans. It is refreshing to see Ms Martin translate the lives of youth affected by war in Sierra Leone in such a powerful, yet honest and hopeful manner." - Lt Gen. Romeo Dallaire