Towns and villages become ghost places as people fled to safety. The virus on their heels inflicts one after the other causing, panic and total breakdown of lifestyles and cultural values.

News reports are rife with all sorts of news of the infection, about how people are dying in their hundreds. For most people, memories of the 11-year war creep back to their minds – the struggle to survive in a hostile environment amidst annihilating mayhem and destruction. The rebel war was no moment of patrimonial or matrimonial considerations or brotherhood; but the instinct to survive; and people used the most of their opportunity to escape from the clutches of horror as the combatants ravaged the towns and villages amidst the horrible sounds of children, the elderly and the sick. It was year’s back when the world was shocked with the inhuman treatment of innocent women and children with scenes so horrible, so unbelievable and cruel; the United Nations deployed one of the most massive peacekeeping forces in human history to save a nation from total anarchy.

Though the rebel war ranked among the worst in the world with the most horrific crimes in the 21st century, the people were never stigmatized. The neighboring borders opened to take in those that fled for safety. Western countries intervened and provided solace to fleeing people as regional peacekeeping forces from ECOWAS countries, and The United Nations landed their armies to help restore peace and stability.

Abstract from the Novella: Tears in Our Land