A Long Way Gone

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In this story, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, a young boy goes through what no one should ever go through; a civil war where he loses everything he ever knows and becomes a child soldier. I’m glad to say I can’t relate to the pain and suffering he went through very well; but I can say that it shed new light on the world that I am not personally familiar with--power-crazed war criminals that take advantage of innocent boys. Ishmael Beah’s story inspired me to look back at my life, to compare and contrast our upbringings, and to use his journey as reassurance that no matter how tough things get, there is always hope. In my life, I have not faced horrors as someone like Ishmael Beah has faced, but we aren’t as different as I first thought. When I was 10 years old (around the same time age he was in the beginning), I went into Boston with my family to see a parade. I soon found myself in the middle of a city without a familiar face in sight. At first, I panicked and started shouting my parent’s name. Once I realized that wasn’t helping, I pulled myself together, borrowed a strangers phone, and called my parents to tell them where I was. Looking back I realize I wasn’t in any danger, I was found with a call on the phone. Ishmael didn’t have the option to call his family. At 10 years old, Ishmael Beah ran for his life and became lost in the middle of nowhere. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I didn’t have that friendly stranger walk by to lend me her phone. No one had a cell phone in Sierra Leone so getting lost is a lot more dangerous than it is here. I was found within 30 minutes of being lost, Ishmael was never really found again. His family was dead, his village was most likely burned down, and he was lost in the middle of a war torn country. Being lost was tough for me, but if this same thing happened in Sierra Leone, I would have handled it a lot
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