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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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Aug 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction-young-adult
Read in July, 2010

Ishmael shares how he survived his last years in Sierra Leone. At the age of 12 his village is attacked by rebels and he returns in search of his family and friends. He finds very little and is forced to wander the country along with other boys. By age 13 he becomes a member of the government army and lives a horribly violent life. The army takes advantage of his youth and need to survive. At the age of 16 UNICEF removes him from the army and he starts his rehabilitation. First he has to deal with the drug addiction, and then he needs to learn how to forgive himself and regain his humanity.
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