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I've never been affected like this before. Reading "Soldier of Leaves" a story about the second civil war in Liberia was truly an eyeopener for me. I would love to see this project for the upcoming years pipeline of our movie productions.
"Soldier of Leaves" was written by Varney Thomas who unfortunately died during the Ebola outbrake in Liberia in 2014.
His brother Blamah Thomas has promised to care for his brothers legacy and has sent me the story. I believe it might be a wonderful movie to produce.
Unfortunately, there is one catch. Listen up fellow friends. My friend Blamah Thomas Moore is in deep trouble. He needs 500 USD or his family gets evicted. I wonder if you, my friends, colleagues would like to help him out? He has only until October 23rd. It means until Saturday to come up with this amount of money.
I don't want to see this family to leave. 23 September 2017 will be a day to remember. Either the day we save a family from getting evicted or...well. I'm sure you too aim for the first choice. Every dime counts.
Soldier of Leaves
Written by Blamah Moore
is a dark account of survival in a war-torn African country, From 1997-2003, Liberia was torn
apart by civil war. In the eyes of the Liberian people, this was just one more quarter in their long
four-part civil war.
Soldiers of Leaves covers the second civil war, which the people divided into quarters according
to the number of main attacks made by the rebel forces, through the eyes of Varney Moore.
When the Civil War began in 1997, Varney was pressed into service as an ammo and weapons
carrier by the rebel forces. From the critical days before his forced service to his time in a
refugee settlement in both Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana and finally as a soldier for the government,
Varney’s adventure is far from ordinary.
The story explains how Muslims and Christians, on both sides, fought side-by- side in a civil war
with the aid of traditional (voodoo) practitioners and priests. This was no ordinary war and
Liberians feel as if the war was the product of outside influences. Varney’s narrative of events,
though in imperfect English, gives a vivid image of Liberian life, belief, and strength.
The President during the Second Liberian Civil War was Charles Taylor. Taylor was a war hero
from the First Liberian Civil War who was elected President in 1997. The second civil war began
that same year and lasted until 2003, when Taylor stepped down.
Varney’s narrative, recorded by his younger brother, describes life during war from a single
point of view, his own. He goes from rebel fighter to refugee after an attempt to attack a mining
compound goes horribly wrong. While a refugee, he takes on a myriad of jobs and meets many
people, even conning the relative of a friend through orchestrating a fake funeral for his friend.
After returning to Liberia with his portion of the con money, he starts his own businesses. He
enjoys a quiet life until 2003, when the rebels finally make it to Monrovia. It is at this time that
he is financially ruined and is forced to join the government forces just to survive.
Unfortunately, the push to create a film version of the book, not to mention the worldwide
release of the book itself, has come too late for the narrator to witness his story coming to life,
having died in 2014 during the Ebola outbreak. However, it is a fitting memorial and a way to
honor his remaining family.
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