Witness: A Civil War Through the Eyes of a Child

Witness: A Civil War Through the Eyes of a Child

by Quanuquanei A. Karmue

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At eight years of age, Quanei Karmue is living the American Dream in the sun-swept country of Liberia. His father is away on an extended business trip to the US working to solidify the family’s fortune. Quanei and his siblings are left in the care of their mother, a respected nurse, pharmacist, and leader in their close-knit community where all the women are called “Auntie” and all the men “Uncle.” As a curious child, Quanei has perfected his stealth and spying skills. He is drawn to the conversation of adults—as he knows that’s where you learn what is really going on in the world. He overhears rumors of war, and when his Aunt and Uncle arrive terrified in the middle of the night, the Karmues are swept up in chaos and must hide from bloodthirsty rebel soldiers, and surprisingly, the government’s own brutal troops.

Quanei’s tale takes you across two continents and he makes you a witness, as he is, of the horrors of the civil war crashing through Liberia. Through his eyes, you will feel part of the true-life situation where drug-crazed youth were given arms and free reign to brutalize the people around them, creating a society where the smell of death regularly mixes with the dewy fresh air of early morning. In WITNESS, Quanei describes his mother’s fight to keep her kids alive in a new world order where who lives, starves, or dies depends on chance and quick decisions. With his father unable to get back to his family, Quanei’s mother leads them through government and rebel clashes, fields of bodies rotting in the tropical sun, and massacre after massacre. We witness his mother’s heroics culminating in a brutal act where she is forced to make an impossible choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960032907
Publisher: Sugar Hill Publishing
Publication date: 11/29/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

QUANUQUANEI A. KARMUE was born in a small village outside of Gbarnga City in Liberia. He was eight-years-old when civil war broke out in the country. In 1993, he and his family emigrated to Providence, Rhode Island, USA where they were reunited with their father. Quanei earned a scholarship to attend Bancroft High, an elite private school in Worcester, MA and graduated in 2001. He received another scholarship from the Christian Herter Foundation along with a Congressional Art Scholarship to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA. After graduation, Quanei worked as a graphic designer and developed a passion for photography during a trip with his family to Liberia. While there, he documented the impact of the 14 years civil war on the children. This experience initiated Witness, Children of War, and the Journey of Hope, which became part of his MFA thesis at East Tennessee State University. In 2013, he founded the charity Save More Kids. Quanei lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and three children. Witness is his first book.

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