A Long Way Gone

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A Long Way Gone


This song represents Ishamel's life because it is a song about child soldiers. The lyrics talk about all the child soldiers around the world and how they are meant to be children and not meant to be soldiers. It also is about the children wanting to go back to their families.

These cassettes represent what Ishmael carried around in his pocket and what helped him a lot through his rehabilitation. These cassettes helped save his life.

"My eyes widened, a smile forming on my face. Even in the middle of the madness there remained that true and natural beauty, and it took my mind away from my current situation as I marveled at this sight." (Beah 59). This quote shows how there is always good in the bad. Whenever you think something is going bad just remember it will get better.

This image represents Ishmael's starvation throughout the novel. He had barely anything to eat, but fruit.

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Baeh




This picture represents Ishamel's life as a child solider. He was force to carry a gun and kill people.

This represents the drugs Ishmael did. The child soldiers would often mix gun power and cocaine together.

This picture represents the organization that helped save Ishmael without them we wouldn't be hearing about his story.

"Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one had any control over anything. We had yet to learn these things and implement survival tactics, which was what it came down to." (Beah 29). This quote is important in this book because it shows how Ishamel and the other soldiers were living life like it was their last day. They didn't know when or where there life could end.

"When I was very little, my father used to say, "If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die." (Beah 54). This quote is significant because it helped Ishmael remain hopeful.

This video is about child soldiers and their stories. It talks about how they were starving which relates to Ishmael because throughout most of the book he was starving too.


"One of the unsettling things about my journey, mentally, physically, and emotionally, was that I wasn't sure when or where it was going to end. I didn't know what I was going to do with my life." (Beah 69). This quote is important because it shows how Ishmael was literally living his life day by day. He didn't know what was going to happen in his life.

"Whenever I looked at rebels during raids, I got angrier, because they looked like the rebels who played cards in the ruins of the village where I had lost my family. So when the lieutenant gave orders, I shot as many as I could, but I didn't feel any better." (Beah 122). This quote is important because it shows the anger Ishamel felt throughout the novel. He wa angry because he lost his family to these people.


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