A Long Way Gone
‘’ You mean you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?’’
‘’Yes, all the time.’’ (Beah 1) A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah is about being a child growing
up in the aspects of War and being affected by the war by actually being involved in it. The
book is all about how children were becoming the ideal soldiers and cold blooded killers; as
well as how children got out of war and get Away from truly terrible acts.
In Sierra Leone, many children struggled to live. More or less, struggled to live even
harder when the civil war came in to place in Sierra Leone. The author, Ishmael Beah’s village
was being attacked while he was out with his friends. Ishmael, his friends, and his brother go
from village to village in search of their families as well as shelter and food. "We scavenged
every place, crack, crevice" (Beah 9) for the boys, it was a struggle to live. They had to do
things that were way out of their morals and what they were taught growing up such as stealing
from kids. Ultimately, the army captured the boys. The boys then turned into things they were
afraid of turning into, Killers. What hurt them even more was, they were always taught violence
was never the way to go and the boys were always very gentle and faithful.
The army brainwashes Ishmael and his friends into believing that every kill they get
would avenge their families deaths. The boys soldiers become addicted to many drugs to help
them get over their emotions in the war and give them motivation to fight. Ishmael and the boys
fought savagely. They never gave up nor shed a tear for deaths. The war swallowed them up and
waged them to fight. Later, the lieutenant give the boy soldiers to UNICEF.
Ishmael Beah, was taken to rehab. They try to treat him and do everything they can to make him
normal again but the shellshock of the war was just...