A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier
Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York. Now, he is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division Advisory Comittee and has spoken before the United Nations.
Have you ever wondered what does it feels like to be a child soldier victim?Or even wondered what is like to be in their shoes?Well,Beah tells his powerfully gripping story about his life as a child soldier.
During the civil war in Sierra Leone, Beah's village was attacked by rebels. Beah and his brother had to escape for shelter and food.Unfortunately, they had to commit acts in order to get food, for example, stealing from sellers. At the age of thirteen, he was captured by the government's army, which turned him to a different person. He started to do horrible things to become the very thing he feared : a killing machine. Just like all the child soldiers, Beah was brainwashed by the army. They told him that killing and torturing rebels will avenge his family's slaughter.Moreover, in order to give him courage and restraint his emotions, they started to give him drugs such as cocaine and marijuana. Beah reached a level where he became dangerous and threatening, even for the other soldiers.While he was unstable, his Lieutenant decided to turn him to UNICEF. The boy had to go to rehab. Ss he became phsycologically ill, the staff at the rehabillitation centre teached Beah again how to love and forgive, until he finally healed.
I think Beah's heartbreaking story will affect on many people. As a matter of fact, when people read these kind of stories, they always feel guilt in their hearts, because most of us are living a perfect life, no families killed, no civil wars, no conflicts.We don't realize how lucky we are until we hear a heartbreaking and touching stories as Beah's.
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