Bite of the Mango (Paperback)
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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 and hope.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408805138

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“Quite possibly one of the best books I have EVER r”

This book grabs you from the very beginning. Mariatu tells her story in a way that makes you feel as though you are there with her, her friends and family. I feel privileged to have read her story and think she is... More

Paperback edition
26th February 2010
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“Courageous author”

I read this following an interview on radio four with Mariatu Kamara. The author had amazing courage and determination in abhorrent situations and continues to strive and succeed in everything she does. The only... More

Paperback edition
27th July 2012
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“Bite of the Mango”

A personal and yet not uncommon experience during Sierra Leone's civil war, Kamara, like thousands of other civilians had her hands cut off.
Her story is sad and yet uplifting. Demonstrating psychological...

Paperback edition
19th May 2011
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