This short non-fiction read tells the story of a young woman, Ikmatu, and how she helped her community when Ebola struck Sierra Leone in 2014.
But Ikmatu didn’t want to just sit back and do nothing. She wanted to fight for the home that she loved.
So that’s what she did.
This really is an inspirational read. Ikmatu’s story is touching – I can’t imagine being thirteen years old and being witness to the spread of such a terrible disease. This young woman’s courage and care for the people where she lived, even when they looked at her with fear and suspicion, is truly moving.
I am reminded of the review I wrote for Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith, where I mentioned ” a theme of the book is that Africa can teach the world how to care for other people”, and I think this book not only echoes that sentiment, but reinforces it.
You can read Ikmatu’s inspiring account by heading over to Wattpad.