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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRUTH” It is an ordinary school day and Sade is packing her schoolbag. Next moment, there are two sharp cracks and a cry, and Sade's family life is broken for ever. Her mother has been shot outside their own home. Try to imagine the shock and devastation. But things move too fast for Sade or her brother to feel the shock, for now their father knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that he must send his children somewhere safe. His options are limited. He has no passport because it has been taken away from him earlier. He arranges for the children to travel to London under false names and enter the country illegally. What else can he do in his dire predicament? He tells them he will join them later when he can arrange a passport for himself. Meanwhile, they will stay with their uncle Dele in London. That is the plan. But it fails. Uncle Dele is missing, and twenty four hours after the brutal murder of their mother the children find themselves abandoned, penniless and cold, in London. Well, thank goodness, the social services rescue them and find them a temporary foster home. They are helped to obtain temporary permission to stay in the country. They even start school. But all the time, the children are too frightened to reveal their true identities until they know for sure that their father has also escaped from Nigeria. This is a nerve-wracking story. The children face all kinds of difficulties before they are finally re-united with their father in London. And all the time that they are struggling with their present difficulties, they are also trying to come to terms with the loss of their mother. THEME The most important themes in the story are:- * Refugees * Clash of cultures (adaptation and tolerance) * Freedom of speech vs. censorship * Democracy vs. dictatorship * Discrimination and

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