A Long Way Gone : Memoir Of A Boy Soldier Essay

1048 Words Jan 27th, 2016 5 Pages
In the book, A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier written by Ishmael Beah. This autobiographical story tells a story about him and how he grew up in Sierra Leone during the country’s civil war. Sierra Leone descended into a brutal and chaotic civil war between Foday Sankoh 's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and corrupt Action Peoples Congress (APC). The conflict lasted most of the 1990s and, in common with the civil war in Liberia, became intimately linked with the use of child soldiers. Sierra Leone is a former British colony in West Africa. This book was very interesting because, the main character himself (Ishmael) takes us on a journey. Ishmael was separated at the age of 12 from his family by an invasion of rebels in his town Mattru Jong. With his brother Junior and a couple friends fled from their town. They walked aimlessly in the jungles, starving, harassed and desperate. Looking for places to go to find food, water and a shelter where the rebels wouldn’t find them. At the age of 13 he is forced into the gory savage life by the government as a soldier rebel killing innocent human beings and invading and destroying towns. On the way Ishmael reflects on how it’s so easy to get yourself into the darkness and how difficult it is to pull yourself out. It’s crazy to show how ordinary children can be turned into such professional killers.
Beah speaks with honesty and no shame of what he had been through in his teen years. In most memoirs, some authors hide important…

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