Raymond Morris has returned to his native Liberia, hopeful that with a new president in command that country will finally know peace and prosperity, but haunted by a childhood in which he was surrounded by war and killing, tears and blood. He recalls coming of age very quickly during Liberia's seemingly endless era of bloody civil strife. At the age of six, he witnesses the violent rape of his mother by unknown gunmen during a government coup in which his father is taken captive. Mixed political sentiments clash at home. His mother, Martha, brainwashes him into believing that the Americans (mainly former U.S. President Jimmy Carter) are responsible for Liberia's mayhem. Conversely, Raymond's father, Fred, a successful businessman and top civilian advisor to the Liberian government, disputes his mother's claim. As civil war erupts, young Raymond tries to understand what turns one neighbor against neighbor. When his entire family is murdered, he vows revenge. Unknowingly, his father's murderer adopts Raymond and makes him a soldier. In yet another ironic twist, Raymond ultimately comes face to face with the man his mother had taught him to hate, former President Carter.
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In Tears and Blood: Growing up with Rebels based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
There has never been a book written about the civil war like this. Clarke is truly amazing.