[2014] Cody Voit: A long way gone

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[2014] Cody Voit: A long way gone

A Long Way Goneby Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah was born on November 23, 1980 to his Mother and Father in Sierra Leone. Siblings include two brothers, one older and one younger. His home country, Sierra Leone, had been through a major civil war which affected everybody. Over 50,000 people lost their lives, and about 1 million people were displaced throughout the war.

Ishmael Beah and Sierra Leone

5 Quotes from the book

1. “Often, my shadow would scare me and cause me to run for miles. Everything felt awkwardly brutal. Even the air seemed to want to attack me and break my neck.” Chapter 8, p. 49.2. “The villages that we captured and turned into bases as we went along and the forests that we slept in became my home. My squad was my family, my gun was my provider and protector, and my rule was to kill or be killed.” Chapter 15, p. 1263. “Whenever I turned on the tap water, all I could see was blood gushing out. I would stare at it until it looked like water before drinking or taking a shower.”Chapter 16, p. 1454. “There were little white things falling out of the sky, and they seemed to be accumulating on e ground. What is this white stuff falling from the sky? I thought to myself.”Chapter 20, p. 194.5. “It was not easy being a soldier, but we just had to do it. I have been rehabilitated now, so don’t be afraid of me. I am not a soldier anymore; I am a child. We are all brothers and sisters. What I have learned from my experiences is that revenge is not good.I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I've come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end . . .”Chapter 20, p. 199Link to site I used to find these Quotes: http://www.novelguide.com/a-long-way-gone/top-ten-quotes

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The Story

1. War 2. Rehabilitation3. Children 4. Survival5. Violence

In the book, Ishmael starts as a child fleeing the war with his friends, then becomes a ruthless killer, goes through rehabilitation, becomes an advocate against the use of child soldiers in Sierra Leone, and ends with him Leaving the country to again flee the war.

Links to More info:http://www.globalissues.org/article/88/sierra-leonehttp://ec.europa.eu/development/body/publications/courier/courier187/en/en_073.pdf


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