The Bite of the Mango

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mariatu Kamara , Susan McClelland
Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Genres: Educational, Autobiography
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2012
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 36 minutes
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Overview

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 one day when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers kidnapped and tortured her. In a brutal act of senseless violence, they cut off both her hands.Stumbling through the countryside, Mariatu miraculously made her way to the capital, Freetown, where she had to turn to begging to survive. This heart-rending memoir, written together with journalist Susan McClelland, not only chronicles her physical and emotional journey to the present, but stands as a testament to her astonishing courage and resilience. Today Mariatu lives in Toronto where she serves as a UNICEF Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Author Details

Author Details

Kamara, Mariatu

Mariatu Kamara was born and raised in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Her harrowing experiences as a child victim of war and its aftermath are the subject of her memoir, The Bite of the Mango (2008). Today, Mariatu is a college student in Toronto. She was named a UNICEF Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, which involves speaking to groups across North America about her experiences.

McClelland, Susan

Susan McClelland is an award-winning journalist and recipient of the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award.