Outsiders Don't Know and Don't Want to Know: People Go to Hell and Back

9781483915128: Outsiders Don't Know and Don't Want to Know: People Go to Hell and Back
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This novel is an untold story. At least, journalists on the scene prohibited to take photos. However, this novel is a classic true-life story indeed. Africa, during the past few decades lives in turmoil. Africa is the home of brutal civil conflicts with whole populations becoming internally displaced, and millions languished in refugee camps in the sub-region. Practically, millions of refugees can also tell you their true untold stories of a living-hell. Sadly, thousands died in refugee camps due to varying circumstances. This story brilliantly explains what happens when one becomes a refugee! In some African states, the government, other international and local refugee outfits gave a blind-eye to the hardships refugees survived. Thus, like the Pharaoh in Biblical history those refugee agencies have perpetuated genocide or crime against humanity. In other words, they are responsible for the miseries refugees encountered under their protection. In Aboudam, more than 100,000 refugees stayed in this country over twenty years. The destitute refugees wrangled for welfare towards the later end of the twentieth year. They took to the streets in a peaceful-sit-down demonstration for three months under rain and shine. They called for western support to move them to a third country of asylum (either in Europe or the Americas). The demonstration resulted into a police swoop in a crack of dawn. More than 700 old and young refugee women, excluding counts of toddlers with them, whisked into detention camp in the eastern province of the country. Other women and some men jailed. Others deported, while the ringer-leaders of the refugee rebellion ran into bushes and disappeared for their lives across the border by foot to Airebil country—where they said they feared reprisals. The police, heavily armed as if in a battle field, raided the refugees on the field of the demonstration. Aboudam's Minister of Interior led the police crackdown on defenseless or unarmed refugee demonstrators. The police chased them out of their homes into the bushes and ransacked many homes to arrest male refugees for their alleged involvement in the impasse. Hot water tankers, including AK 47s and other assault weapons beefed up the police raid on the refugee camp. This novel seeks to bring out the vicissitudes of refugee life. Criminals are born, but are not made, criminologist believed. On the contrary, criminals are made due to circumstances beyond their control. When some people suffer powerlessness, hopelessness, depravity and seclusion, they risk practicing behaviors society labelled as deviant to compensate for their wretchedness. Boubou Pain, a former refugee, among thousands of others, luckily gained political asylum in America. He meets his friend Salone Boye who had gone big time in America (living the American dream). But what is certain about Salone Boye is that he tries to put himself in Boubou Pain's shoe to understand the life of a living hell. Boubou Pain gives a graphic account of living in a hell-hole. So, this novel is worth reading because it changes one perspective about refugees, and the poor and poorest. This book is particularly important for those doing African Literature, African and Development studies, Sociology, Clinical Psychology or Psychiatry.

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Dr. Alfred Massaquoi has a multifaceted academic qualification. He has lectured English, Communications, Business Law, Mass Media Law, Economics and other courses at renowned universities in Ghana. He currently lectures English at the University of Liberia. Dr. Massaquoi is a Resource Lecturer with the Fellows and President’s Young Professionals Program in Liberia, John Snow Inc. USA. Also, he is a Writer, Researcher, Publisher and Editor—he is the CEO of Academia Paralegal Consultancy Inc in Monrovia, Liberia. As a Sub - Consultant, he has done research and written documents for the United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Legal and Judicial Systems Support Division (LJSSD); the United Nations Human Rights in Liberia; The CARTER CENTER, LIBERIA LAND COMMISSION’s project (written Literature Review). Dr. Alfred Massaquoi has written many Masters Theses in the fields of Banking and Finance, Human Development Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Religion (for candidates at universities in Africa, Europe and America). His latest is the Chicago Loyola University Prolaw Program (for Master’s of Law candidate). His interest is in Clinical Psychology/Psychiatry. And he is so kind to a fault.

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