FRIENDSHIP: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance

By Francis Mandewah

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


The remarkable life journey of an African boy from the region made famous by the movie "BLOOD DIAMOND," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which was nominated for five Academy Awards. That movie brought attention to a rebel war in West Africa in which "blood" diamonds, also known as "conflict" diamonds, were used to finance warlords and their activities. Two decades before the rebel war Thomas Johnson, a pilot from Minnesota, was employed to fly boxes of gems and alluvial diamonds in Sierra Leone from Yengema to Freetown, where a British Airways jet would fly the gemstones to London. This pilot met and befriended young Francis Mandewah, an impoverished Sierra Leonean boy, and gave him generous support that opened a new life of opportunity, which would eventually take Francis to America. Along the way, Francis had many harrowing experiences, including crossing the Sahara Desert which almost cost him his life. His challenges continued in Europe and other places including Mali, Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily-Italy, Greece, Turkey, France, England, and finally in America. In the end Francis became aware that his real voice that emerged through all his trials and tribulations is one of deep faith and gratitude for God's miracles and wonders in his life. www.francismandewah.com


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The remarkable life journey of an African boy from the region made famous by the movie "BLOOD DIAMOND," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which was nominated for five Academy Awards. That movie brought attention to a rebel war in West Africa in which "blood" diamonds, also known as "conflict" diamonds, were used to finance warlords and their activities. Two decades before the rebel war Thomas Johnson, a pilot from Minnesota, was employed to fly boxes of gems and alluvial diamonds in Sierra Leone from Yengema to Freetown, where a British Airways jet would fly the gemstones to London. This pilot met and befriended young Francis Mandewah, an impoverished Sierra Leonean boy, and gave him generous support that opened a new life of opportunity, which would eventually take Francis to America. A...


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Francis Mandewah received his Masters degree in Public Administration from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1991. A social justice advocate, he has 14 years of experience as a probation and parole agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He is a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, Missouri, where he currently resides and works as a counselor at a correctional facility.




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