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On December 24, 1989, civil war broke out in the small West African state of Liberia. The war lasted over fourteen years. The casualties are heart rending: 250,000 deaths, 150,000 internally displaced, 850,000 refugees in neighboring countries, and a country completely destroyed. Marvin Garbeh Davis Jr. was born to teenage parents during this period and was raised by his grandparents at Buduburam refugee camp for most of his childhood under intense fear and uncertainty. This is book is about his experiences as a refugee and his journey to America. He graduated from Cuttington University, Bong County, Liberia, in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Development Studies, and he also holds a Masters Degree in International Studies from Chapman University, Orange, California, United States of America. He has worked with several Non Governmental Organizations in Liberia and West Africa, and also as a research assistant during his two years of graduate school at Chapman University. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Nyanda Finda Davis, and they have been blessed with a son, Lyndon, who they named after Marvin's late adopted mother Lynn Bain.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496189892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496189899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,047,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ruby L. Adams on November 3, 2014
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Excellent book! Very interesting to read about boy raised in another country and his life and accomplishments. The education he pursued and the accomplishment of the degrees he achieved, he is an incredible man. I hope he can follow this book with some more of his life accomplishments.
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This book is a lie as is most of the author's life. At an early age the author learned to scam from his father, Marvin Garbeh Davis Sr. Poor Lynn Bain believed the stories told to her by the author's father and started the adoption process for this author. In the midst of the adoption process she learned the facts and with the truth in hand confronted both the author and his father and ended the adoption process.

This young author changed his name while in a refugee camp to that of a boy who had been killed in the war. He used his new name in a bid to get a Visa to leave the camp under protected status but was caught in this lie as well.

The father and son duo scammed the Atrium Society in California claiming to have a peace school when in fact the "students" were this young author and his friends in the village where they grew up. They attempted to scam the elder founders of the Atrium Society as recently as 2014.

To this day the author and his father continue to scam their way across the different countries by marrying multiple women in order to obtain citizenship, monies sent to them in Liberia from unsuspecting women, etc.

I would pass on this book.
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This book is written by my dear friend's adopted son. He brought such joy to her life. I remember the first time she told me about Marvin. She was filled with such pride and love I'd never seen in her before. That is amazing because we shared many hours of prayer for and with our patients. Now that I've read Marvin's story, I see the power and healing love can bring. This young man has already overcome so much in life and his vision for his future is one I can't wait to witness over the years. He's going to do great things for Liberia. You will be touched by his life. You will never be the same after reading his story. You will be inspired.
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