Behind the Scenes
The Head of Snake was based on the real historical events that led up to the end of the civil war in May 2000. The events described at the end of the book were the crucial turning point that weakened the RUF, allowed peace to be restored to Freetown, and eventually led to peace being declared in January 2002 after over a decade of civil war.
By the time I was there in 2007, it was hard to imagine that such brutality had existed such a short time before. But below the surface, you knew that everyone had borne witness to its horrors.