ABOUT THE BOOK
“Less than 24 hours after Samba had entered Liberia he found himself hustling through the jungle to get back to Sierra Leone. He went back across the river and into the bush on the other side, once again running without looking back.
Thoughts were exploding in his head. Can I make it to the other side of the frontline? Should I try Liberia one more time and just make sure to avoid the NPFL? He already knew the answer. Too risky. As he walked, he kept pestering himself, Where to go, where to go, where to go? But he had long since run out of good options and he knew it. When he finally made up his mind, he realized it had been waiting for him all along: “I took to the bush. I decided to go and live in the jungle.”
The jungle was, Samba figured, the only place he would be able to stay completely safe from rebels and soldiers and war. He would go and hide there until the fighting had come to an end.”
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The true story of a rebel fighter from Sierra Leone, Junior Rambo takes us on a riveting and gut-wrenching journey from peaceful village life through civil war to reconciliation. It traces the life of Moses Samba Kpambu, a villager who is forced at gunpoint to join one of the world’s most brutal rebel armies, the Revolutionary United Front, and rises to become the personal bodyguard of its legendary leader, Foday Sankoh.
Blending close-up narrative and sweeping historical vistas, the book offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at Sierra Leone’s decade-long conflict and the blood diamonds, child soldiers and heinous atrocities that made it notorious. But it’s not just a tale of suffering. It’s also an inspiring story of beating the odds, of love that refuses to surrender, and of holding on to humanity in the face of chaos and destruction beyond imagination.