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Mariatu Kamara, author and survivor of Sierra Leone civil war

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Hanover, IN 47243

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Mariatu Kamara was raised during Sierra Leone’s brutal 11-year civil war. At age 12, she was raped and impregnated. Her village was attacked by rebel soldiers and, while held captive, the soldiers cut off both her hands and left her to die. She survived, eventually begging in the streets for three years while living in amputee camps. In 2002, through the kindness of a Canadian family, she immigrated to Toronto.

Kamara, a Voices of Courage Award recipient, has traveled the world sharing her story, chronicled in the 2008 book, “The Bite of the Mango.” She is founder of the Mariatu Foundation, which provides refuge and healing for women and children in her homeland. She also serves as UNICEF Canada’s special representative for children in armed conflict and works with Free the Children to promote children’s rights and condemn the impact of war on children.

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