The Buried Treasure

Or ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ for children.

Roo and I read this book by Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo today and were struck by how many things it packs. War (Biafra), death, embezzlement, all the things money can do.

It made me realise that we are afraid of presenting these facts to children. Sometimes because we, adults, are afraid of them. I was so jarred by the matter of fact way the  facts of war were laid out.

Yet that is war. Shocking, scary, and in the end a strange colourless way, unremarkable.

And like life, it’s always good to encounter it first between the pages of a book.

Note: This post is part of #CuminWrites366, my year-long attempt to write a post a day. Find the rest over at

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