A Long Way Gone : Memoirs Of A Soldier By Ishmael Beah Essay

2007 Words Nov 30th, 2014 9 Pages
In the novel A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Soldier by Ishmael Beah, Ishmael retold his story of growing up through civil war in Sierra Leone. Ishmael began his story when he was ten years old living in Sierra Leone. Ishmael grew up without a father, which made him and his brother Junior unable to afford going to school. Junior and Ishmaels younger brother, Ibrahim, was fortunate to attend school because of funding from their father later in life. Ishmael traveled with his friends making rap music and performing in front of the villages near by. Rap music fueled how the boys dressed, talked, and acted while they grew up. When the boys returned after performing rap music, a civil war broke out between the government troops in Sierra Leone and the rebels in Sumbuya, a town in Sierra Leone. Ishmael and his family were notified that the rebels would be coming to invade their village by a messenger who had RUF carved on his body and his fingers chopped off except for his thumbs. War broke out in Sierra Leone, which caused Ishmael and his friends to grow up surrounded by fear and constantly fighting for their lives. Once the boys heard of the rebels coming to attack, Ishmael, his brother, and their friends try to escape from their village. They walked for days without food or help from any of the other villagers. The smell of blood and gunpowder filled the streets and all they saw was abandoned houses and cars. Eventually they had to return to each other’s houses to…

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