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And Still Peace Did Not Come by Agnes Kamara-umunna
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May 12, 2011

really liked it
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Read from May 06 to 11, 2011

(4.0) Telling stories about telling stories to help rebuild a nation

Memoirs of a Liberian woman whose life is (through a roundabout path) devoted to healing the victims (and the perpetrators who were themselves victims) of the civil war that devastated her nation. She ran a radio show to enable Liberians to tell their stories from the war in order to heal. She also started a center for former child soldiers, outcasts after the war, to help them apologize, rehabilitate and heal with the rest of Liberia.

The structure was perfect: each chapter begins with a personal account that was told to her or to the reconciliation commission. It is a very personal and powerful account that starts off horrifying and terrifying and eventually giving some reason to hope that Liberia can recover...though she makes it plainly clear that there is an entire generation of Liberians (at home and abroad--many in Staten Island) who grew up participating (as victim or perpetrator or both) in the civil war.
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05/09/2011 page 87
27.0% "The vignettes before each chapter are pretty raw and eye-opening."

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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy This sounds interesting.

Brian I've started getting into the reconciliation part; a tad more upbeat.

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