A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

This book is heart wrenching. Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He tells his story of war, death and being 'recruited' into the war as a combatant. People claim to hate war and that is a good thing. I hate war, however, if you read this book and don't think that someone, or some country should have gone to war to save lives in Sierra Leone, then you are heartless! Sometimes war is the most humane thing a civilized society can do to help others.

Book Description:

A gripping story of a child's journey through hell and back.

There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than fifty conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. He is one of the first to tell his story in his own words.

In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope.

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