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In the Shadow of Death: Growing Up During the Liberian Civil War
It all started on December 24, 1989. The debris from explosions was landing closer and closer to me. I saw people running and quickly joined them. As I ran from the gunfire, a grenade exploded nearby, and the sound of machine guns could be heard, as well as more explosions. Diving into a pile of dirt, there was momentary silence. I began to crawl toward a burned concrete ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Dog Ear Publishing
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An interesting and sad tale is told by this Grand Rapids nurse as he remembers his life in Liberia in the 1990s. In the Shadow of Death: Growing up during the Liberian Civil War Hans Giplaye tell of the horrors he witnessed firsthand at the hands of the rebels. Such as civilians massacred because they are from a different tribe. He was nine years old when the civil war began, when the war finished he was sixteen and he spent most of his young life growing up during the conflict. Hans and his ...more
This book is a little rough around the edges. The author, Grand Rapids nurse Hans Giplaye, is not a native English speaker so the grammar and word choice aren't always correct (errors that should have been caught by an editor). But if you can read past that, this is a well-organized tale of a decade of civil war told from the eyes of a young boy who witnessed death and atrocities while hiding out to survive. The details are startling, not only the horrifying description of fingers twitching on a ...more