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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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May 19, 11

bookshelves: 2011, memoir, humanities-reading-list, world-studies-read-aloud
Read from April 14 to May 19, 2011

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980 and by 1992 his country was involved in a civil war no one quite understands. At age 12 Ishmael finds himself homeless and hopelessly searching for his family with a group of boys. At 13 he is "found" by the government army and becomes a soldier. He is handed his gun, given some drugs, and sent out to kill the rebels. He is a survivor and this is his powerful story.

Ishmael suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome and this memoir details some of the most harrowing events a child should never have to witness nor take part in. During the time of Sierra Leone's civil war, the country turns upside down. Children are no longer trusted or cared for, they are feared and become drug addicted prized soldiers used by the government. Families are scattered, atrocities are committed and everyone is scared.

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