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Long Legs Boy

A twelve-year-old African boy named Modou is orphaned when his family dies from AIDS. He leaves his remote village in the Sahel, attaches himself to an African holy man and becomes a beggar in the city.

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A twelve-year-old African boy named Modou is orphaned when his family dies from AIDS. He leaves his remote village in the Sahel, attaches himself to an African holy man and becomes a beggar in the city. The street smarts he thus gains enable him to survive when he is separated from his mentor. Modou befriends another orphaned boy, Umaru, and together they cope with the trials of street life: abuse, hunger, police brutality and inept interventions by social agencies.
Modou regularly evades the police and unwittingly becomes a popular hero for his cocky attitude and daring escapes. His indomitable spirit inspires political opposition in the country to unite and drives a determination in both the police force and the national army to capture or kill him. Despite being constantly thwarted, Modou never loses his optimism or his determination to rise above his circumstances. Long Legs Boy is the story of a hero, not the story of a victim.

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about the author

Benjamin Madison

Trained as an anthropologist, Benjamin Madison lived and worked in the West African countries of Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia for seventeen years, generally working in Education and Development. He lived for several years as a volunteer teacher in villages such as those depicted in The Moon’s Fireflies. “These are stories from my earliest years in Africa. I consider myself privileged to have shared the lives of villagers such as those portrayed in The Moon’s Fireflies. Their wisdom and their warmth continue to inspire me.” Benjamin Madison now resides in Victoria and is working on a novel set in West Africa.

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