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By Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland

A brave biography through a girl from Sierra Leone who at 12 was once tortured and misplaced her palms to baby infantrymen, her next lifestyles in refugee camps, begging in Freetown and her eventual arrival in Toronto the place she started to pull her lifestyles again jointly.

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And by means of the day after that, i used to be chatting with Adamsay back. “I bought approved right into a program,” she confided as we walked domestic one afternoon. “I will be going to Germany. ” i used to be excited for her. i used to be chuffed for the entire childrens on the camp who have been playing courses with international nonprofit teams. The camp legitimate have been correct while he stated that folks within the West have been turning into drawn to Sierra Leone. “It isn’t an adoption program,” Adamsay persisted, sighing a bit. “I’ll purely be going to Germany for a short time, to visit tuition. ” “Where is Germany? ” I requested her. “Germany is in Europe,” she responded, pointing north, as though this position known as Germany used to be simply past Freetown’s mountains. “It’s imagined to be eco-friendly. ” “Oh,” I acknowledged, having a look down. I’d unexpectedly learned what her leaving may suggest to me. “Don’t worry,” Adamsay stated. She stopped and wrapped her vast hands round me. She was once approximately to permit cross whilst i discovered myself pulling her in tight. I hung on to her for a very long time, burrowing my face into her tender, fleshy shoulder. She smelled like grass, and that jogged my memory of Magborou. i wished to return there, again to the time while Adamsay, Mariatu, and that i could play with stilts and make dust pies that we’d attempt to get Marie to devour. the next Saturday, one other lady named Mariatu who lived on the camp popped via to work out me. Mariatu was once a similar age as me. She gave the impression of me, too, and he or she had no arms. Rebels had attacked her once they invaded Freetown. We didn’t pass begging at the weekends, because the businesspeople didn’t paintings then. the folks who crammed Freetown’s bustling streets on Saturdays and Sundays have been ordinarily terrible villagers from the geographical region escaping the conflict. they'd ask us for funds, so it used to be unnecessary to visit town. Weekends have been spent placing round the camp, cleansing the few outfits we owned, grinding cassava, and listening to concerning the struggle from others. I knew this different Mariatu really good, simply because she frequently joined Adamsay and me for begging. Now she sat down beside me as i stopped breakfast. “Victor thinks it will elevate your spirits in the event you got here out to the theater troupe,” she introduced. Mariatu had attempted to get me to hitch the camp’s theater troupe ahead of I gave start to Abdul. She’d even taken me to 1 in their rehearsals whilst i used to be approximately 8 months pregnant. The troupe had approximately 25 individuals, them all struggle amputees. They met each Saturday and Sunday within the heart of the camp. the various individuals had misplaced a foot, others had no palms. many of the contributors have been round my age, yet there have been a few older women and men too. whilst I observed them rehearse that first time, they have been doing a play in regards to the struggle. Mariatu performed herself, a tender lady from a small village in northwestern Sierra Leone who’d come to Freetown along with her mom within the wish of warding off the rebels. boys performed the components of the kid infantrymen who maimed her. Their strains have been all too normal. “Go to the president,” one boy stated. “Ask him for brand new hands,” stated the opposite boy. After the practice session, Mariatu had brought me to Victor, who’d equipped the troupe.

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