James Higbie was born in Michigan and educated at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and the University of Hawaii. He worked in Sierra Leone for ten years, first in the Peace Corps in the early 1970s and again after the war in education programs in Kono District. He has also worked in Hawaii, Thailand, Laos, and South Sudan, and has published books on the Thai and Lao languages.
In 1991 a brutal civil war broke out in Sierra Leone—a war that engulfed this Third-World African nation for ten years. This book includes a history of the war and narratives from over thirty Sierra Leoneans who witnessed or took part in the ﬁghting. Readers learn of the fighters' motivations, the politics of the war and the feelings and thoughts of people caught up in its tragic violence.