A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of A Boy Soldier

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.
Edition: First pbk. edition.
ISBN: 9780374706524
0374706522
Characteristics: 1 online resource (229 pages) : map.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mar 18, 2018

A frightening autobiographical account of being a child soldier in the Sierra Leone civil war from about 1992 to 1996. The horrors witnessed, terrors experienced, and the ruthless cruelty that the author himself performed are hard to believe and difficult to listen to. One of the most eye-opening aspects of it was how easily he could disable and bury alive people (when he is 15-16 years old), and when he gets to a rehabilitation center, is told that its not his fault! Doesn't moral development get to a point where one is responsible for one's conduct by the age of 8 or 9? This audiobook was read by the author rather badly.

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