“Buy this book. Read it yourself and share it with your children and your students and the world will be changed. It is impossible to be unmoved by this tragic but inspiring story of individuals who have seen the worst and still have hope.”
Read the review from CM Magazine
“Invited by World Hope Canada to accompany a team of doctors and nurses visiting Kamakwie, a village in the West African country of Sierra Leone, Halifax author Kathleen Martin discovered stories of love, hope, and horrific violence. The result is Kamakwie, an engrossing, if difficult, portrait of a country trying to find a better future for its children.”
Read the starred review from Quill and Quire
“The author chronicles the three weeks she spent in Kamakwie, in Sierra Leone, sent by World Hope Canada to research a book on the health issues facing children. This is one of the poorest countries on Earth and the photographs — some filled with joy, some tragic — that accompany Martin’s fascinating story are unforgettable.”
Read the column in the Toronto Star
“Kamakwie is a wonderful piece of literature that has the ability to touch the hearts and minds of North Americans. It is refreshing to see Ms. Martin translate the lives of youth affected by war in Sierra Leone in such a powerful, yet honest and hopeful manner.”
Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative (childsoldiersinitiative.org) and author of the best-selling book They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children.
“This book is clearly Martin’s attempt to be heard and seen by the world outside of Sierra Leone, as she tells the story of the people of a country that has so long been held in the vise-like grip of poverty and war. She accepted the challenge and created an extraordinary book. Kamakwie is a double-edged sword, eloquent both in language and in the spirit captured in the stunning photographs throughout the book. Kamakwie is a glimpse into a world most will never experience. The book asks all of us to open our hearts and minds and to somehow, in some way, make a difference.
Read the review at Story Circle Book Reviews
“From the start, individual profiles with moving full-page color photos humanize the poverty as they show a rough, crowded classroom and a child who is about to die from malnutrition as well as joyful soccer games and smiling kids in school uniforms.”
Read the Booklist review
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