A Long Way Gone ( Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier ) By Ishmael Beah Essay

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A Long Way Gone (Memoirs of a Boy Soldier) by Ishmael Beah was not very appealing at first, but I eventually fell for it. I thought of choosing King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild but I thought my fiction book was somewhat similar to it, thus, I wanted to opt for something different. When I first read the summary of A Long Way Gone, I was truly not quite interested, however, once I read the reviews, I began to change my mind. Its critics seemed astonished and devastated at the same time because the book delivered such a horrendous, but definitely a very true reality that we are not very aware of. I may have heard of child soldiers, but I knew very little, therefore, I chose to read it in hopes of becoming more aware and knowledgeable of the other realities in our world.
Ishmael Beah was only twelve years old when he realized the true meaning and the catastrophic effects of war. In Sierra Leone of Africa, 1991, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) began to attack villages to gain control of land and overthrow the corrupt All People’s Congress (APC). Sierra Leone took on a civil war between ruthless rebels and the army. Within time, the RUF began to grow and the question of a village being attacked was when, not if. Ishmael’s village and the others surrounding them could not comprehend such matter until it happened. While Ishmael and his friends secretly traveled to another village for a talent show, their village was ransacked, attacked, and slaughtered. He had no idea…

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