The Girl 


Smiled Beads 

is my memoir about the human side of war: what is forever destroyed, what can be repaired, the fragility and importance of memory. The book is my attempt to piece together the beauty and the loss of my own experience. I hope it will bring encouragement to myself and to the readers to remember the stories that shape our truth.


Wamariya is as fiercely talented as she is courageous.
— Junot Diaz
Her gripping and brutally honest reflections inspire us to try to help build the world we wish to see.
— Samantha Power
Wamariya is an exceptional narrator and her story is unforgettable.
— Publishers Weekly

Hi, I'm Clemantine!

An author, storyteller, human rights advocate. I live to create, collaborate, and connect for just-en-joy. 


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