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Sierra Leone. At the age of 12, Mariatu Kamara was raped by a family friend, then captured by rebels who cut off her hands. Despite her wounds, Kamara walked out of the bush and sought help, ending up in an… amputee camp, where she gave birth to a son who died of malnutrition. When foreign journalists interviewed Kamara in the camp, her story garnered international interest and assistance, which eventually brought her to Toronto. Her autobiography testifies to Kamara's horrific trauma, but with the aim of fostering hope and reconciliation. Winner of the 2011 Red Maple Non-Fiction Award. For junior high and older readers. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.