Events of Sierra Leonean civil war come to life in new book

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Author Akibo Robinson’s personal diary inspires memoir of 11-year uprising in Sierra Leone

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“One Stone Revolution” describes the inhumane rebels’ intransigence, the government’s incompetence and the often untold suffering and resilience of the Sierra Leonean natives.

On March 23, 1991, Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front, led by Foday Sankoh, and former Liberian president Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia attempted to overthrow the government headed at that time by Joseph Momoh. The civil war resulting from this uprising lasted 11 years and left more than 50,000 dead.

In his new historical memoirOne Stone Revolution: The Untold Story” (published by Lulu), author Akibo Robinson provides a firsthand account of the Sierra Leone civil war, as he experienced it, in the late ʼ90s. To write his new book, Robinson drew details from personal diary entries he kept during the conflict and his family’s eventual escape to Ghana.

“One Stone Revolution” describes the inhumane rebels’ intransigence, the government’s incompetence and the often untold suffering and resilience of the Sierra Leonean natives.

“It is a hard-hitting account of the events of the civil war,” Robinson says. “It tells its story as it is, without embellishing the truth. It speaks of issues that Sierra Leoneans are loathe to discuss publicly.”

He hopes his book shows readers the folly of government and the absence of progress in the development of African culture, as well as the impermanence of international assistance.

“One Stone Revolution”
By Akibo Robinson
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781483423029
E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781483423012

About the Author
Akibo Robinson was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wales. He previously worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations and returned to Sierra Leone in the 1990s to work with the National Commission for Social Action. Robinson is married with grown children.

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