Nyenea is the uniquely Liberian story of a family's nightmarish experience as their beloved son becomes a child soldier with the most fearsome and barbaric rebel group in the country's brutal civil war.
The story follows the Mleh family, who've recently moved to their farm in Mount Gibi when the National Patriotic Front of Liberia attacks a town at the border between Liberia and the Ivory Coast. After resigning from his engineering job, Mr. Nuteh Mleh moves to the farm with his wife, Polan, and their only son, Nyenea, for whom they have waited a long time after the birth of their three daughters, Jokata, Seanee, and Neneh.
With his sisters now in the United States completing their university educations, fourteen-year-old Nyenea befriends one of the farmworkers, an earnest young man named Dekie who is saving up to graduate high school.
But Dekie's life is drastically altered when he is captured and recruited into the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), and Nyenea soon falls prey to the bizarre propaganda of the rebel leaders as well.
The tragic story of Liberia's child soldiers is important for the world to understand. Will Nyenea be corrupted, or will he find redemption?
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About the Author
Yurfee Binda Shaikalee was born in Nyanforkoller Salala, Lower Bong County, Liberia, West Africa, to Khano and David Senvargbeh Shaikalee. He attended the United Holy Church Mission in Salala, Lower Bong County.