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And Still Peace Did Not Come

A Memoir of Reconciliation
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A single mother discusses her tireless work helping to reform former child soldiers in her country of Liberia by recording oral histories of their harrowing stories.

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When bullets hit Agnes Kamara-Umunna's home in Monrovia, Liberia, she and her father hastily piled whatever they could carry into their car and drove toward the border, along with thousands of others. An army of children was approaching, under the leadership of Charles Taylor. It seemed like the end of the world.

Slowly, they made their way to the safety of Sierra Leone. They were the lucky ones.

After years of exile, with the fighting seemingly over, Agnes returned to Liberia--a country now devastated by years of civil war. Families have been torn apart, villages destroyed, and it seems as though no one has been spared. Reeling, and unsure of what to do in this place so different from the home of her memories, Agnes accepted a job at the local UN-run radio station. Their mission is peace and their method is reconciliation through understanding and communication. Soon, she came up with a daring plan: Find the former child soldiers, and record their stories. And so Agnes, then a 43-year-old single mother of four, headed out to the ghettos of Monrovia and befriended them, drinking Club Beer and smoking Dunhill cigarettes with them, earning their trust. One by one, they spoke on her program, Straight from the Heart, and slowly, it seemed like reconciliation and forgiveness might be possible.

From Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first female president, to Butt Naked, a warlord whose horrific story is as unforgettable as his nickname--everyone has a story to tell. Victims and perpetrators. Boys and girls, mothers and fathers. Agnes comforts rape survivors, elicits testimonials from warlords, and is targeted with death threats--all live on the air.

Set in a place where monkeys, not raccoons, are the scourge of homeowners; the trees have roots like elephant legs; and peacebuilding is happening from the ground-up. Harrowing, bleak, hopeful, humorous, and deeply moving--And Still Peace Did Not Come is not only Agnes's memoir: It is also her testimony to a nation's descent into the horrors of civil war, and its subsequent rise out of the ashes.

Blackwell Publishing
In 1990, when bullets hit Agnes Fallah Kamara-Umunna's home in Monrovia, Liberia, she and her father hastily piled whatever they could carry into their car and drove toward the border, along with thousands of others. An army of children was approaching, under the leadership of Charles Taylor. It seemed like the end of the world.

Slowly, they made their way to the safety of Sierra Leone. They were the lucky ones.

After years of exile, with the fighting seemingly over, Agnes returned to Liberiaùa country now devastated by years of civil war. Families had been torn apart, villages destroyed, and it seemed as though no one had been spared. Reeling, and unsure of what to do in this place so different from the home of her memories, Agnes accepted a job at the local UN-run radio station. Their mission is peace and their method is reconciliation through understanding. Soon, she came up with a daring plan: Find the former child soldiers, and record their stories. And so Agnes, then a 43-year-old single mother of four, headed out to the ghettos of Monrovia and befriended these lost boys and girls, drinking Club Beer and smoking Dunhill cigarettes with them. One by one, they spoke on her program, Straight from the Heart, and slowly, it seemed like reconciliation and forgiveness might be possible.

From Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first female president, to Butt Naked, a warlord whose horrific story is as unforgettable as his nicknameùeveryone has a story to tell. Victims and perpetrators, boys and girls, mothers and fathers, Agnes comforts rape survivors, elicits testimonials from warlords, and is targeted with death threatsùall live on the air.

And Still Peace Did Not Come is set in a place where monkeys, not raccoons, are the scourge of homeowners; the trees have roots like elephant legs; and peace building is happening from the ground up. Harrowing, hopeful, humorous, and deeply movingùthis is not only Agnes's memoir: It is also her testimony to a nation's descent into the horrors of civil war, and its subsequent rise out of the ashes.

Authors: Kamara-Umunna, Agnes, 1967-
Statement of Responsibility: Agnes Kamara-Umunna and Emily Holland
Title: And still peace did not come
a memoir of reconciliation
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2011
Characteristics: x, 302 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject Headings: Kamara-Umunna, Agnes, 1967- Liberia History Civil War, 1989-1996 Personal narratives Liberians Biography Child soldiers Liberia Children and war Liberia Reconciliation
Topical Term: Black author
Liberians
Child soldiers
Children and war
Reconciliation
Local Subject Heading: Black author
Additional Contributors: Holland, Emily
LCCN: 2011002179
ISBN: 9781401323578
140132357X
Branch Call Number: 966.6203 K
Research Call Number: Sc D 11-2036
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