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    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 about the whereabouts of his family; did they escape? or did they die? Soon, the villages surrounding his were targeted as well. Since then, Ishmael had to learn to survive with his friends, sometimes…

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    The De Beers industry had gained control of the diamond mines, which influenced economic trade through uses of forced labor as a way to implement illegal diamond mines for financial gain. Thus, native lands of Sierra Leone and Liberia have since began illegally smuggling and trafficking conflict diamonds and weapons to rebel forces like the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) supported by Charles Taylor. The diamond industry’s distribution upon native countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia, and…

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    leading to his loss of innocence and unstable emotions. As the book shares Ishmael Beah’s story, doing whatever he needs to do to survive becomes the driving force behind his actions. A little way along into the book his village is attacked by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) or rebels. Thus in order to survive he must flee the village forcing him to abandon his family to live. He is able to hide out in the nearby jungle for a short amount of time; eventually he is compelled to return in…

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    “I suppose I was destined for a career in journalism.” (Stewart 3) This is the first sentence of chapter One in an autobiography about Ian Stewart's career as a war journalist. The novel is called Ambushed and keeps readers hooked with its perfect balance of action, dialogue, and description. Ian Stewart, A Canadian journalist finds himself working for the AP bureau of journalism reporting on the ever-growing war in Africa. After the rebels known as RUF (Revolutionary United Front) capture the…

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    Long Way Gone Themes

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    A major theme that represents this region of African during this time period is crime and aberrant behavior. Ishmael looks back on his experiences during the war and “those days I live in three worlds: my dreams, and the experiences of my new life, which trigger memories from the past” (Beah 20). Even after a month of living in the safety of New York City, Ishmael is still haunted by nightmares of his time fighting the war in Sierra Leone. He cannot protect him from returning to the past terrors…

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    A Long Way Gone Theme

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    civil war breaks out in Sierra Leone. The story starts with Beah only 12 years old, who is away to perform along with his brother and friends when rebels attack his village. During all this chaos, confusion and ambiguity of war, all of them are left to wander from village to village in search of food and shelter and along the way commit to acts they had never thought of doing so otherwise. The book explores around a lot of different themes throughout the reading and for this paper I will talk…

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    Healing the Mind of a Child Soldier “I didn’t feel a thing for him, didn’t think much what I was doing…The prisoner was simply another rebel who was responsible for the death of my family, as I had come to truly believe” (Beah 124). In the Memoir “a long way gone” by Ishmael Beah, sees 12-year-old Ishmael trying to survive in the war stricken country of Sierra Leone. Ishmael is just an ordinary boy when the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) attacks his home of Mattru Jong, while he is away in a…

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    Blood Diamond Book Report

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    because of their beliefs or how they looked or acted. This war was between a rebel group called the R.U.F a group of rebels and the government of Sierra leone.The R.U.F said that they were fighting for a democracy but they would also fight and kill innocent civilians. The R.U.F used diamonds to fuel a brutal civil war they would sell the diamonds or trade them for weapons for ten years diamonds fueled the war. They would also mutilat civilians for diamonds these was a common thing for the…

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    Blood Diamonds Essay

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    Blood diamonds is film, produced by Edward Zwick, released in 2006 that shows the perspective and a first person view on the war in Sierra Leone. The war consist of the rebels and the government, the rebels own diamond camps that force slaves to pan any jewels in rivers. The rebels will invade villages and kill thousands to show their dominance, they will also kidnap young children to turn them into young soldiers. Big diamond corporations will secretly buy these diamonds for a lower price than…

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    John Keegan, in his article The Breaking of Armies, explains that, previously, in the first battle of Ypres, the British Expeditionary Force aided the French against the Germans in establishing that area of France and of Flanders known as the Western Front. In the second battle of Ypres, the same forces managed to continue to hold the line in spite of intense fighting, and regardless of elevated German resistance that included chemical warfare and the first gas attack of the…

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