This astounding true story of extraordinary courage and resilience will inspire all generations Mariatu is a UNICEF Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflicts and speaks to groups regularly about her experiences In its original edition, Bite of the Mango received major exposure across international and national press raising Mariatu's global profile
Now 21 years old, Mariatu Kamara is a UNICEF Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflicts. She lives in Canada. A documentary about her life is currently in development. Susan McClelland is an award-winning journalist and recipient of the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award. She lives in Toronto.
'Powerful and timely ... in my culture, every story is told with the purpose of either imparting knowledge, reparing a broken bond, or transforming the listener and teller. Mariatu's story embodies all of these elements' Ishmael Beah 'Deeply personal yet devoid of self-pity. As it aims to correct misperceptions about Sierra Leone and to raise awareness of the needs of child victims of war, this book will unsettle readers - and then inspire them with the evidence of Mariatu's courage' Publishers Weekly 'Never less than riveting ... notable for its emotional honesty' Globe and Mail 'Honest, raw and powerful' Library Journal