"A Long Way Gone" By Ishmael Beah - Book Summary And Review

By Grace

 

A haunting, beautifully written memoir, the first ever written by a former boy soldier.

'My high school friends in New York City have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life,' writes Ishmael Beah:

' "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?" "Because there is a war." "Did you witness some of the fighting?" "Everyone in the country did." "You mean you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool." I smile a little. "You should tell us about it sometime." "Yes, sometime."'

This is how wars are fought now: by children, traumatized, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become the soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

 

Read Fully At D&M Publishers. 

Related Video Clip, Ishmael Beah - Child Soldier.

 

 

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