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'Rising Heart will never leave you; searing, powerful, disturbing, hopeful.' The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

The astonishing tale of a woman determined to turn her trauma into the power for good in the world.

In 1999, Sierra Leone teenager Aminata Conteh-Biger was kidnapped from her father's arms during the brutal eleven-year civil war in her country. Violence, amputation and the rape of young women and girls were all weapons deployed in the bloody conflict; in this environment, Aminata was held captive for months.

On release, the UNHCR recognised that Aminata's captors still posed a serious threat to her safety. Barely twenty years old, she was put on a plane, flown to Australia - a land she had barely heard of - and told to start again

Refusing to let her trauma define her, she eventually built a life for herself, but a near-death experience during the birth of her first child turned her attention to the women of Sierra Leone, where mothers are 200 times more likely to die having a baby than in Australia. So she set up the Aminata Maternal Foundation, and went back to help.

'An incredible story of hope and transformation, one that we can all learn from.' Emma Isaacs, Founder and Global CEO, Business Chicks

'Aminata's courage in sharing this intensely personal story is rewarded with the power of inspiring hope. Rising Heart has refuelled my sense of perspective and purpose.' Yael Stone, actor and activist

'Rising Heart is a gripping story of courage, survival and redemption. I could not put it down.' Wendy McCarthy AO

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760784966
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 28/04/2020
  • Category: Humanities / African history
    Biography & True Stories / Autobiography: general
    Biography & True Stories / Memoirs
    Society & social sciences / Refugees & political asylum
    Humanities / Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions
    Biography & True Stories / True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Price: $34.99

'Rising Heart will never leave you; searing, powerful, disturbing, hopeful.' The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

The astonishing tale of a woman determined to turn her trauma into the power for good in the world.

In 1999, Sierra Leone teenager Aminata Conteh-Biger was kidnapped from her father's arms during the brutal eleven-year civil war in her country. Violence, amputation and the rape of young women and girls were all weapons deployed in the bloody conflict; in this environment, Aminata was held captive for months.

On release, the UNHCR recognised that Aminata's captors still posed a serious threat to her safety. Barely twenty years old, she was put on a plane, flown to Australia - a land she had barely heard of - and told to start again

Refusing to let her trauma define her, she eventually built a life for herself, but a near-death experience during the birth of her first child turned her attention to the women of Sierra Leone, where mothers are 200 times more likely to die having a baby than in Australia. So she set up the Aminata Maternal Foundation, and went back to help.

'An incredible story of hope and transformation, one that we can all learn from.' Emma Isaacs, Founder and Global CEO, Business Chicks

'Aminata's courage in sharing this intensely personal story is rewarded with the power of inspiring hope. Rising Heart has refuelled my sense of perspective and purpose.' Yael Stone, actor and activist

'Rising Heart is a gripping story of courage, survival and redemption. I could not put it down.' Wendy McCarthy AO

Author Information

Aminata Conteh-Biger is an author, performer, mother and wife, and former refugee turned Founder and CEO of the Aminata Maternal Foundation. Born in Sierra Leone, she now lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. Aminata lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

Juliet Rieden has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working between the UK and Australia for a variety of magazines and newspapers as a writer and editor. She is currently Editor-At-Large at The Australian Women's Weekly where she also works as the Royal Correspondent and the Books Editor.

Juliet is also a non-fiction author with Pan Macmillan Australia. Her previous books The Writing on the Wall, a personal memoir and investigation into what happened to her father and his family during the Holocaust, and The Royals in Australia, an illustrated investigation behind the scenes of almost 150 years of royal visits.

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