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I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone

Catherine E. Bolten


Utilizing narratives of seven different people—soldier, rebel, student, trader, evangelist, father, and politician—I Did It To Save My Life provides fresh insight into how ordinary Sierra Leoneans survived the decade-long war that devastated their country. The book illuminates a social world based on love, a deep, compassionate relationship of material exchange that transcends romance and binds people together across space and through time. Individuals in the town of Makeni narrate survival through the rubric of love, and by telling their stories and bringing memory into the present, they crea ... More

Keywords: Sierra Leone, war, RUF, love, loyalty, narrative, truth, memory, relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273788
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine E. Bolten, author
University of Notre Dame