Lassana Bamba, Minn. – The launching of Harrowing December on Sunday, November 8, 2014, at the North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota has been seen by some as a way of mending the tribal divide that once ripped Liberia apart.
The book is written by a Liberian muslim, a Mandingo, a tribe that was once hunted during the war like a domesticated animal, a tribe that was always intimidated, harassed, or detained at various Liberian checkpoints just for being who they are, a tribe that fought back to gain its social, political, as well as national status in Liberia.
Despite this divide that existed between ethnic Mandingoes and other tribes in Liberia, the launching of Harrowing December did not hold back any Liberian who had the time to attend.
The truth that is visible to those who have read the book is that, Harrowing December is the story of all those who have experienced the difficulties of war.
A Cameroonian student at NHCC said, Harrowing December is not only a Liberian story, “It is also my story.”
According to the Vice President for student affairs at NHCC, Moussa Cisse, a professor has cataloged the book as a part of his curriculum for the upcoming semester. This will be the first time that a book written by a Liberian will be used as a course material at NHCC.
The author hinted that copies of the book are in demand at the moment. He said some have prepaid in order to grasp a copy.
The fact that Momoh Dudu, a muslim dedicated Harrowing December to Mary Anne Schwalbe, a jewish woman, for reaching across the fence to plug him out of despair and point him to the rays of hope, says it all.
News of success stories pinpointed in Harrowing December continue to spread across the country.
According to King Mohammed Kamara of Philadelphia, plans have been put in place to have another launching ceremonies in December in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York.
“I hope this book reminds each of us to commit ourselves to applying peaceful, nonviolent means in resolving any and all future disagreements we have as a people owing allegiance to a common patrimony.” Momoh Dudu