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A child called Freedom /
Carol Lee.
imprint
London : Century, 2006.
description
xi, 304 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
ISBN
1844138747 (hbk.)
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author
imprint
London : Century, 2006.
isbn
1844138747 (hbk.)
standard identifier
9781844138746
catalogue key
5884558
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [302]-[305]).
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I did not see him approach. The warm air and dusty ground by my side were empty one minute and taken, the next, by a slight child who I thought from his thin arms and legs, was around nine years old.His expression grave, his clothes clean and pressed in this, the poorest part of the township, we begin to talk...Carol Lee returns to Africa to find the place of her childhood both changed and hauntingly familiar.Freedom is twelve and, when Carol first meets him, he has not eaten in two days, needs shoes to wear and has no clear future ahead of him. Soweto, the town of his birth is alsothe place where, in 1976,hundreds of protesting school children were killed.Thirty years on, the links between his story and that of the Soweto Children_s Uprising start to emerge.And as Carol tracks down the courageous leaders of the uprising she learns why,for the shining lights of the class of '76, speaking the truth mattered more than their lives.A Child Called Freedom brings together an inside view of South Africa's struggle to meet its past as well as its future and tells the story ofhow relationships, courage and spirit can sometimes begin to overcome even the most oppressive of circumstances.
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Freedom is 12 when Carol Lee first meets him. He has not eaten in two days, needs clothes to wear, and has no clear future ahead of him. Lee tells the story of Freedom's life in Soweto, and compares her own childhood stories with his.
Main Description
Two contrasting South African childhoods: Carol returns after a thirty-year separation to a country familiar yet much changed and reflects on her youth. Freedom, an African boy of twelve appears, and throws into relief the stark differences in their upbringings, along with a few similarities.
Main Description
Returning to Africa for a school reunion after a thirty year separation, the country of Carol's troubled and unconventional childhood is in many ways much changed, but in others hauntingly familiar. As memories of her life as a young girl are stirred up by new encounters and shared recollections, a young African boy appears and throws into relief the stark differences between their upbringings, as well as some similarities. Freedom is twelve and when Carol meets him first, he has not eaten in two days, needs clothes to wear and has no clear future ahead of him. A CHILD CALLED FREEDOM tells the story of Freedom's life living, as he does, in Soweto - once the scene of a bloody uprising in which thousands of children protested against the oppressive education system and now barely progressed and offering little hope to this young boy. These two childhood stories are woven together to show how the power of human relationships, courage and spirit can sometimes overcome even the most oppressive of circumstances.

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