A long way gone

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A long way gone

"I killed the owner of this gun in our last raid. He took out a lot of us before I could get him. Since then, I have used it to do some damage myself."

Child Soldiers

ALWG is a memoir of a Boy Soldier in Sierra Leone. The book is in the view of a child during the civil war. He talks about his experiences with drugs at a ver young age. He ran away from his village at the age of 12 after it was attacked by rebels, and lost his family. He was forced to join an army unit who brainwashed him into using guns and drugs. By thirteen, he had seen so much violence. At the age of 16, UNICEF removed him from the unit and put into a rehabilitation program. He was able to get off drugs and be a normal human again. He traveled the US and told his story.

“My entire body went into shock. Only my eyes moved, slowly opening and closing. I tried to shake my legs to get blood flowing, but I fell to the ground, holding my face.”

War

“It seemed like the only thing we were doing was marching, smoking and sniffing the cocaine and brown brown that was in abundance at Bauya. We chatted all night, mostly about how good the drugs were."

"I killed the owner of this gun in our last raid. He took out a lot of us before I could get him. Since then, I have used it to do some damage myself."

“Everyone listened attentively, raising their eyebrows and cocking their heads as they tried to understand what kind of music this was.”

A Long Way Gone

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By: Ishmael Beah


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