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Heart of Fire: Missing - From Child Soldier to Soul Singer Senait G. Mehari

Heart of Fire: Missing - From Child Soldier to Soul Singer

Senait G. Mehari

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ISBN : 9781861979940
Paperback
272 pages
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A personal memoir telling of one womans life experiences. As a child soldier Senait saw the atrocities of war at first hand. The version of events as told in her book is an account of her experiences, rather than an overview of the politicalMoreA personal memoir telling of one womans life experiences. As a child soldier Senait saw the atrocities of war at first hand. The version of events as told in her book is an account of her experiences, rather than an overview of the political situation in Eritrea at that time. Senaits circumstances were unique in that in fleeing her homeland she is then summoned to Germany and there confronted by a different set of problems, that of a new language and cultural norms.Born in 1974 to an Ethiopian mother and an Eritrean father, Senait was abandoned by her parents as a baby and spent her early years in a state orphanage before being returned to her father. As the onset of the War of Liberation threatened the family, Senaits father made the shocking decision to give Senait (aged 6) and two of her stepsisters to the guerrilla troops of the ELF (Eritrean Liberation Front). Senait endured years of hunger, sickness and countless beatings, as a child soldier until 1983, when her uncle arranged an adventurous escape to Sudan. The girls lived in Khartoum for four years, but were then summoned to Germany by their father where he was living as an asylum seeker.Adjusting to life in Germany was difficult - western society was alien and their father greeted his children with violence and abuse. At 14 Senait left home for a life on the streets of Hamburg. Working as a model and a waitress she put herself through school, bought herself a cheap keyboard and began composing music.Now living in Berlin, her music is finally being recognised. Despite all the tortures and cruelties that beset her early beginnings Senait is a woman determined to succeed in life.