I barely knew that there was a civil war in Sierra Leone until it was declared over in 2002. I remember seeing an episode of “Oprah” about the horrors women were suffering there: rape, murder, AIDS, extreme poverty. I knew as horrific as it was, I needed to know more. So I will definitely be reading the new memoir Bite of the Mango that tells the excruciating details of Sierra Leone survivor, Mariatu Kamara, who was 11 when her village was raided by rebel forces who took her prisoner. Her story is so unbelievable that you would swear it was fiction.
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Two teenage girls were seriously injured when they were hit by a freight train in Lebanon, Maine. The two apparently were sunbathing on the train trestle when they were hit. One of the girls suffered an amputated ankle while the other’s leg was amputated just below the knee. Police aren’t sure why the girls didn’t hear the train coming, but as a seasoned tanner, I suspect the heavy duty smell of baby oil lulled them into a Vitamin D coma. Happens all the time to me, that’s why I tan on my roof, not in the middle of the freeway. [WMUR.com] Keep reading »