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by Susan McClelland,Mariatu Kamara

  • ISBN: 1554511585
  • Category: Geography and Cultures
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: Susan McClelland,Mariatu Kamara
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Annick Press (September 30, 2008)
  • Pages: 216
  • ePub book: 1886 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1489 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 242

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Relaying her experiences as a child in Sierra Leone during the 1990s, Kamara chillingly evokes the devastating effects of war.

Relaying her experiences as a child in Sierra Leone during the 1990s, Kamara chillingly evokes the devastating effects of war. Mariatu is 11 when her tiny village is decimated by rebel soldiers, many of them children like her. Forced to watch as peaceful villagers are tortured and murdered, Mariatu is finally allowed to go free-but only after boy soldiers cut off her hands: We want you to go to the president, they tell her, and show him what we did to you. You wont be able to vote for him now.

Now 21 years old, Mariatu Kamara is a UNICEF Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflicts. Susan McClelland is an award-winning journalist and recipient of the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award. A documentary about her life is currently in development. She lives in Toronto.

The Bite of Mango book. As told to her by Mariatu, journalist Susan McClelland has written the heartbreaking true story of the brutal attack, its aftermath and Mariatu's eventual arrival in Toronto where she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope.

This book took me a night to read. I could not put it down. Mariatu Kamara is awe-inspiring and I wish her nothing but good things to come. Please, Mariatu and Susan, another book soon?!

This book took me a night to read. Please, Mariatu and Susan, another book soon?! 0. Report. Recently Viewed and Featured.

Bite of the Mango - Mariatu Kamara. She had gone to live with my grandmother when she was very small, and she came back to stay with us when I was about seven and Adamsay was 10. That’s when I began to understand a little bit of why my mother and Sampa were so jealous of each other. I got angry when Marie gave Adamsay new clothes or extra food to eat. I would yell at Marie: She’s your own child and you like her better.

Subject Headings: Kamara, Mariatu. Sierra Leone-History-Civil War, 1991-2002-Personal narratives-Juvenile literature. Sierra Leone-History-Civil War, iography-Juvenile literature. The second challenge to the author is that the action in the book is front-loaded – it all happens within the first 40 pages. After the attack, the story is no longer a tale of assault, of physical survival, of child soldiers lurking in the bush. Journalist Susan McClelland bursts out of the gate as a sensitive, articulate young adult writer who can separate emotional tripe from story telling. She gets it. McClelland is a welcome addition to the young adult stable of writers.

Kamara's childhood abruptly ended at age 12 when she was raped by a man her elders trusted, an event that was . Kamara later discovered that she was pregnant.

Kamara's childhood abruptly ended at age 12 when she was raped by a man her elders trusted, an event that was shortly followed by a horrific, murderous attack by rebels on her village. Like many other young people, the rebels selected her for special treatment: Her hands were hacked off, a gory reminder for all who would see her in the future. After two years of begging on the streets while living in a refugee camp, she was rescued when a Canadian family paid for her to relocate there

by Mariatu Kamara(Author), Susan McClelland(Author). Bite of the Mango is a good book

by Mariatu Kamara(Author), Susan McClelland(Author). Now 23 years old, Mariatu Kamara has been named a UNICEF Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflicts; a Voices of Courage Honoree by the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children; and has established The Mariatu Foundation, which aims to offer much needed refuge to the ongoing victims of the civil war in Sierra Leone. Bite of the Mango is a good book. I appreciated what appeared to be a very honest story of what happened to this victim of the civil war in Sierra Leone. I felt that she gave a three dimensional picture of herself.

Kamara, Mariatu; McClelland, Susan

Kamara, Mariatu; McClelland, Susan. Kamara, Mariatu, Kamara, Mariatu, Kamara, Mariatu, War victims, Amputees, War victims, Amputees, Victimes de guerre, Amputés. Annick Press ; Buffalo, NY : Distributed in the . inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana. When Mariatu set out for a neighborhood village in Sierra Leone, she was kidnapped and tortured, and both of her hands cut off. She turned to begging to survive. This heart-rending memoir is a testament to her courage and resilience.

This symbol of the mango tree and a girl sitting next to it resembles the scene in the book where her hands were cut off, and how she needed medical treatment right away

This symbol of the mango tree and a girl sitting next to it resembles the scene in the book where her hands were cut off, and how she needed medical treatment right away. A theme that was represented in the book, The Bite of The Mango, by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland is courage. A girl named Mariatu is forced to leave the area in which she has grown up in to retreive medical attention. She is also faced with having to relocate due to vigorous acts performed by rebels, such as burning down her village

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. As told to her by Mariatu, journalist Susan McClelland has written the heartbreaking true story of the brutal attack, its aftermath and Mariatu’s eventual arrival in Toronto where she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope.

Comments

Rarranere Rarranere
Book arrived in great condition. Tragic story of the multiple things that Mariatu Kamara endured, such as witnessing horrors of War and being raped and having her hands cut off by rebels. Yet she perseveres. One of the beautiful quotes in her book she says how she doesn't have hands so that she might touch others through her heart. You will definitely need to have some tissues when you read this book or perhaps wipe your eyes on your shirt. It is hard to believe how horrible the world is and reading some of the things that happened in this book to this young women at such a very young age. She perseveres and in reading her book, and in listening to her story, hopefully we can each do our tiny part to be better and make the world better.
Alsath Alsath
I was introduced to this book through the book "the End of Life Book Club." Having read "Long Way Gone" by Ishmeal Beah a few years ago, it was interesting to know that the author of this book and he had once met. This book is from the opposite experience tho both were children - he a child forced to be a rebel soldier in Sierra Leone during the 1990's and Mariatu Kamara a female child amputee survivor of these soldiers. Theirs is a country so different from mine that it is hard to imagine a life of such poverty and harsh treatment much less the constant fear of being attacked by merciless soldiers. You will find this an inspirational and eye-opening book. It made me extremely grateful for the comfortable middle-class life I have led in the United States. It is good that one of the many angels Mariatu found along her journey led her to write this account of her young life so that those of us much more fortunate can appreciate and learn from the struggles of poverty and the cruelties that the many less fortunate have faced.
Flower Flower
I have found several autobiographies by individuals who have survived some of the worst atrocities in the world to be somewhat egotistical in that their stories border on fiction [can you remember whole conversations when you were 3 and 4 years old?]. However, Ms. Kamara's story was very realistic, without a grandiose sense of self. Her story rings of true honesty, portraying her in a most realistic way: she tells us her faults as well as her ability to survive and be insightful. It was a quick read [one night!], mostly because I found myself unable to put it down. I would have liked to understand a bit more about the Canadian family and their motives for basically abandoning her [even though it appears to have been for the best] - yet it appears that even Ms. Kamara herself is not completely sure why. What her story has done for me is to read more about Sierra Leone and its history and wars - which is what I feel any good autobiography should do - inspire the reader to find out more.
Heri Heri
Bite of the Mango is a good book. I appreciated what appeared to be a very honest story of what happened to this victim of the civil war in Sierra Leone. I felt that she gave a three dimensional picture of herself. She was a girl who was, at times, incredibly courageous and at other times very fearful. As a reader, I felt that I was made to understand both sides of her personality. I don't think that the book's purpose was to present explanations for the cause of the civil war and the incredible amount of savagery. But, the lack of background information was, for me, a shortcoming. I read this book in combination with Ishmael Beah's memoir, A Long Way Gone, and I would recommend reading the two books together.
Windbearer Windbearer
I read about this book in "The End Of Life Book Club". This is the story of Mariatu who had lived a life of poverty in Sierra leone. She tells us the story of her village where she tells us she had been happy. However at the age of twelve, she is raped by an older man. In this same time frame, news of rebels sweep her area, and the people would hide in the bush for days, weeks, and months. Finally, she and her family are caught, and Mariatu ends with her hands cut off by rebels after watching her village burned and people killed.
In her book, written with a co- author, Mariatsu asks that we bear witness to the war, to the poverty, and to the need in Sierra Leone. She doesn't crow about her own courage, although she is extraordinarily brave. She doesn't stoop to the maudlin. She shares her own times of darkness and depression when she judges herself coming short by her own measure; although not by mine.
Finally she offers us the chance to bear witness.
Visonima Visonima
This book is both heartbreaking and inspiring. This young girl's story brings home the horrors of war on children and the unbreakable human spirit that survives. It also shows the importance of international and personal involvement needed to help those who suffer. Highly recommended!
in waiting in waiting
I found the book hard to follow as if someone had transcribed it incorrectly in English. The book did not flow well to me and left a lot of important parts out not giving a full understanding of her experience. I loved the book A Long Way Gone and decided to read this as a follow up to hear one of the victim's stories but I had a hard time finishing this book. It just wasn't a good read.
This book was a nice, quick read. Very interesting and would recommend to anyone.