"‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow’" Benedict Hunjan, born '91, and myself, Chris Warner, also '91, both attend Repton School, Derbyshire. We are currently studying for our A-levels but we both have a keen and mature interest in the world around us and how people develop. We both thoroughly enjoy book writing, literacy and worldwide current affairs, including politics, conflicts and global issues. We were both influenced by the film 'Blood Diamond' and although the film only lays subject to one aspect of the problems in Africa - diamond smuggling -, it is very successful in showing the current crises in other areas. Following the influential film 'Blood Diamond', we both decided to research the problems concerning the continent. This led us to write the novel 'Fleeting Hope' and the arduous research we undertook is portrayed throughout the book as it includes real, true events such as trauma, heroism and conflicts, while at the same time expressing it all in a fictional scenario. Synopsis: Recently, Kinshasa has become victim to the latest rebel attacks that have become to be associated with Africa. The Democratic Republic of Congo boasts an estimated 66 million inhabitants with 250 ethnic groups, speaking over 700 different local languages. The Second African War has passed and President Ibo has been in power for little over a year now. He is a devoted man who cares for the Congolese people and has been developing the core of the government in the correct manner. Most worship him, believing him to be role model. Despite this, the love is not a feeling that all share.The President’s daughter, Isabella Ibo, has grown up in the governmental districts of the capital. She has received a world-class education, has many friends and enjoys her ordered lifestyle. The city she lived in has an estimated 10 million residents, most of whom live in suburbia and Lamia Tsiba, with a contrasting background, is just an ordinary schoolboy, one of the millions, and lives with his father. His brother has left his home a short time ago and he never knew his mother; she died many years before. Lamia has grown to hate the national army and what they have done throughout the capital and against his father’s wishes, he aspires to one day become a bus driver, and not a soldier.The novel begins with Isabella continuing her daily routine, as usual, but something happens one day to her that would later change the course of the country’s history. The rebel attacks have climaxed to a level that was previously thought unattainable. Isabella becomes dragged into the situation and flees for her life. Meanwhile, Lamia had decided that he should venture in the capital in search of his brother, Michael. After a long hard search he finds him, only to receive a refusal of acknowledgement of their family connection. He, as expected, is heartbroken and turns to leave, but like Isabella he becomes caught up in the violence. Through a series of events, the two children’s lives are thrown together, and they meet en passant on a bus.With the country being destroyed by the numerous rebel forces that have swarmed the city and the inhabitants fleeing for their lives, Isabella wants to be different, and against the flow of people attempts to find her parents. Lamia, has his own problems, finding himself in life-threatening situations wherever he goes and whoever he is with.The plot develops into additional mayhem and distress on both parts until they meet each other for a second time, this time permanently. Momentarily the background scenarios are blanked out as they become fascinated by each others presence. From here on, the country receives military aid and against Isabella’s and Lamia’s wellbeing they decide to flee together from the capital into the forests that encompass the municipality. The war emancipates their expanding feelings for each other, to a point at which they become interdependent on their company.As time progresses, the country becomes more politically stable and as the government controls less and less of the land, Isabella and Lamia near the conclusion of their travels. It is only afterwards that they realise that foreign and distant actions have caused all this... ...The fleeting hope they possessed crashes in the reality of today.