A Long Way Gone : The True Story of a Child Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The first person counts one of 26 years old who fought in the war in Sierra Leone as a 12-year-old boy”My new friends have begun to suspect that I haven’t told the whole story of my life”Why did you leave Sierra Leone”” Because there’s a war going on”You said, you saw people running around with guns and guns and the other one.””” Yes, all the time”Cool””I’m smiling a little bit”You should talk to us every once in a while”” Yes, from time to time”‘ It’s the way wars are now waged: by the children, jumped on drugs and brandishing AK-47s…”There are more than 50 ongoing conflicts around the world and an estimated 300,000 child soldiers in action.Ishmael Beah used to be one of themWhat is war like through the eyes of a child soldierHow to become an assassinHow do we stopChild soldiers were introduced by journalists and novelists who had difficulty imagining their livesBut so far he hasn’t been the first person to count anyone who came through this hell and survived.Ishmael Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a captivating story: how, at the age of twelve in Sierra Leone, he fled the rebels and wandered a land made unrecognizable by violence.In thirteen years, he had been recovered by the government army, and ishmael Beah, in the heart of a sweet boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.It is a rare and bewitching account, said with true literary strength and heart-wrenching honesty.
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