The Bush Devil Ate Sam (ebook)

The Bush Devil Ate Sam (ebook)

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Scruffy soldiers with guns pointed in all directions were scattered around my yard when I returned from teaching. “What's up?” I asked in a shaky voice that was supposed to come out calm. Liberian soldiers were scary. “Your dog ate one of the Superintendent's guinea fowl,” the sergeant growled. The Superintendent, the governor of Bong County, was apparently quite fond of his fowl birds. But Boy, the perpetrator of the crime, didn't belong to me, and he regarded my cat Rasputin as dinner. “Why don't you arrest him,” I suggested helpfully, pointing at Boy. “Not him. You!” the sergeant roared. “You are coming with us.” The interview wasn't going as planned. “I am not going anywhere with you. He is not my dog,” I responded as I disappeared quickly into my house. Yanking a Peace Corps Volunteer out of his home for a dead, want-to-be chicken would have serious repercussions. Or at least I hoped that's what the sergeant would think. He eventually left. At 4:00 a.m., he was back, pounding on my door with the butt of his rifle. “Your dog ate another one of the Superintendent's guinea fowl,” Sarge announced with glee at the thought of dragging me off into the dark night. I was beginning to seriously question my decision to join the Peace Corps. Nonetheless, joining was one of the best decisions in my life. The way I was raised and educated, even my DNA, had pointed me in the direction of becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer. But there was more. I grew up in the 60s and was a student at UC Berkeley during the 1964 Free Speech Movement. Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and the student revolution dramatically affected how I viewed the world. The Bush Devil Ate Sam is story of my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. When I arrived, descendants of freed slaves from America ruled the country with an iron grip while the tribal people were caught in a struggle between modern culture and ancient Africa.

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