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A long way gone; Memoirs of a boy soldier – Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah

A captivating story of a young boy caught up in the Sierra Leone Civil War whose childhood suddenly changed in a dramatic and horrific manner from that of a young boy full of hopes and dreams to that of a boy soldier bred by an army of sociopathic and unruly rebel armed forces. He later finds redemtion at a rehabilitation camp funded by UNICEF and other NGOs which is where some hope of a normal life was restored until another way riddled the nation sending Ishmael Beah and his family on a flight for safety to the US where he now resides.

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4 Responses to “A long way gone; Memoirs of a boy soldier – Ishmael Beah”

  • FREDRICK PASCAL MWAMBANDA says:

    September 15th, 2007 at 1:00 am

    This story is very touching and should serve as source of inspiration to the current africa continental leaders, to detest from using any means of violence to resolve their domestic differences.Our cultural diversity should instead solidify and strengthen us, since it shows our very rich history that has been enjoyed by our forefathers.If i may quote a swahili saying that goes; ‘the one who departs from his/her tradition is a slave’ rigtfully portrays how important our diverse culture is important to our identity.
    The greed for power is one of the major causes of civil war, and the people who suffer most are children and mothers.These are the main elements of a family, and the family is the nucleus or core of the society.It can therefore easily be demonstrated that the repurcersion of a broken family set up will eventually disturbalise the society and the nation at large thanks to Ishmael Beah.

    yours truly

    fred p mwambanda

  • Ladii Bangs says:

    January 31st, 2008 at 8:36 am

    This book reall touched and while reading it, it felt as if I was experenicing what Ishmael and his friends went through at that time. Its the kind of story that highlights the pain and turmoil CHILDREN went through and it also gave those that were not there to take a second a look at what was going on!!!!!
    Ishmael’s story is one of many, but I thanks him for his strength and ability to share it with the rest of the WORLD

  • Bobby BOb says:

    June 28th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This book is great!

  • michael says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    i have to write 1600 words about this story (8 questions 200 words per question) due in two days but i only hav 2 questions to do and im stuck i have to make a 2 page movie script :/

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