A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of A Boy Soldier

Audiobook CD - 2007
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My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life. "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?" "Because there is a war." "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool." I smile a little. "You should tell us about it sometime." "Yes, sometime." 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. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? 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
Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, p2007
ISBN: 9781427202307
Branch Call Number: CD B Beah
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8.5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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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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