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Maryke Coetzee – a born Namibian - never truly had the chance to experience childhood since the age of three, as her view on life was forever altered by a paedophile.
At the age of six, she found herself living in the “red zone” in the epicentre of the Namibian liberation war between Angola and Namibia. She witnessed many atrocities, experienced a lot of heartache and her already inquisitive mind stopped functioning like that of a child.
By the age of nine, she despised unfairness towards all humans: black, white, old, young, male and female. Her protective nature was forever instilled in her personality.
She declared war against fear – even healthy fears that she’d later on needed in her adulthood. Her personal borders were shifted forever, she could never think like an “average” person again… and she could not see the logic of so many rules made by mankind.
She was always a loner as she preferred not to keep herself busy with “shallow” conversations or chit-chat with friends… leaving a conversation, feeling empty on the inside.
Personal relationships suffered due to the fact that she was often referred to as being weird or unconventional.
During her late teens, early adulthood, she suffered from mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress, separation anxiety and even depression. She realized that the soldiers involved in the war, her parents and even acquaintances refused to talk about the war or how it affected them – it was like a forbidden subject, so Angie decided to write this book in memory of those who survived… those who paid the ultimate prize for what they believed in… and especially Jackie.