Mariama Seray Kandeh was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She worked as a journalist for Concord Times Newspaper in Freetown where she attained the position of News Editor until 2008 when she emigrated to the United Kingdom. She has reported for Business in Africa Magazine in South Africa and was a freelance contributor for Gender Link Opinion and Commentary service in South Africa. She is also a women’s rights activist and has over the years used her work as a journalist to convey her messages. She has written dozens of articles that could be found on several search engines online. Her articles have also been published by City Press and the Mail and Guardian of South Africa.
Sidi returns to his village only to learn that an abusive archaic tradition against women, that has existed for ages still exists. His Father and uncle ask him to play part in the abuse. He is furious, angry and distraught by this but does not know how to act.
Sierra Leone is at the brink of a civil war between the government's army and rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Renegade soldiers in the war front has set up a coup to oust the government. When the Sun Refuses to Shine describes Mariama Kandeh's escape from her primary school in the city; engulfed in persistent gun shots, killings and a fear of the unknown.