Rated of 5
Voices from Africa
A beautifully told story of Sierra Leone through the voices of four daughters in the Kholifa clan (same father, all different mothers) spanning from 1926 to 2003. Describes a nearly lost way of life, the tragedy of civil war, and the unbreakable bonds of family, especially women. Really quite an achievement. Read the first time straight through, then re-read each aunt's story in order: Asana, Mariama, Hawa, and Serah, all being told to their neice Abie who has made her home in England. Very interesting--the landscape, traditions, Islamist and Christian influences, imperial rule, and painful modern African politics. Five different voices set against a vivid history--in the world and in their country.