By Ishmael Beah
This is often how wars are fought now: by means of youngsters, hopped-up on medications and wielding AK-47s. kids became squaddies of selection. within the greater than fifty conflicts occurring around the globe, it's expected that there are a few 300,000 baby squaddies. Ishmael Beah was once one in all them.
What is warfare like in the course of the eyes of a kid soldier? How does one turn into a killer? How does one cease? baby squaddies were profiled via reporters, and novelists have struggled to visualize their lives. yet formerly, there has now not been a first-person account from an individual who got here via this hell and survived.
In a ways long gone, Beah, now twenty-five years outdated, tells a riveting tale: how on the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by means of violence. by means of 13, he'd been picked up via the govt. military, and Beah, at middle a steady boy, came across that he was once able to actually negative acts. it is a infrequent and spell binding account, instructed with actual literary strength and heartbreaking honesty.
"My new buddies have started to suspect I haven't instructed them the total tale of my life.
'Why did you permit Sierra Leone?'
'Because there's a war.'
'You suggest, you observed humans operating round with weapons and taking pictures each one other?'
'Yes, the entire time.'
I smile a little.
'You should still let us know approximately it sometime.'
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Another brothel had opened in January. There was the officers’ one over at St Martin’s, a spacious affair set in its own grounds, filled, it was said, with cancan girls from Paris; the one for the Todt officials halfway up George Street; and now a couple for the troops over at St Sampson’s. In the afternoons you could see the men standing patiently in an orderly queue stretching halfway round the little harbour, smoking treasured cigarettes or exchanging the odd rueful joke, hands in pockets, buffeted by the winds, just like the rest of the population waiting for the bread shop to open.
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah