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A Long Way Gone -Ishmael Beah

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PaHoua Vang

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Characters Ishmael Beah-
He is the main character, and is a boy soldier. Was recruited at the age of 13, and is in the army till he is 15. He becomes a junior lieutenant in his squad. His leader selects him and a few others to go to a rehabilitation center in Freetown. Rehabilitated, he talks about his experience to the United Nations in New York. Returns to Freetown, quickly becomes a part of the war again, and escapes by going back to New York and living with Laura.

Laura Simms-
A storyteller, she is at the meeting Ishmael goes to in New York. Becomes very close with Ishmael and became his “mother.” She gives Ishmael a place to live when he needs to escape the war that had spread to Freetown is Sierra Lione.

Nurse Esther-
Was at the rehabilitation center Ishmael went to. She and Ishmael became very close. She listens to his stories and buys him things. She is very crucial to his rehabilitation because she teaches Ishmael that some humans can be trusted.

Alhaji, Kanei, Jumah, Moriba-
Selected as Ishmael’s unit when going on quick missions. Ishmael was a junior lieutenant.

A man who Ishmael blamed for not being able to see his parents. He was elderly. Asked for help from boys before they went to the village Ishmael’s family was in. Village was attacked by rebels a few minutes before the group of boys got there.

Alhaji, Moriba, Musa, Jumah, Saidu, Kanei-
The group of boys that Ishmael traveled with before he was recruited as a soldier. History Ishmael Beah *Rap and dancing were Ishmael's innocent goals while still in secondary school.
*Ishmael leaves his village the day it was attacked.
*He and his friends who had escaped with him
marched through many villages.
*Ishmael's travel to safety continues, but he loses everyone he knows along the way.
*Arrival at Yele, a town occupied by army soldiers.
*Survival as a boy soldier, from the beginning to the end.
*Freetown, Sierra Leone. Away from the rebels and killings.
*Going through rehabilitation.
*Ishmael changes psycologically to be able to know who he is. Summery Trailer Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 2007. Print.

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"Why Do People Fight in Civil Wars?" The Monkey Cage. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. <http://www.themonkeycage.org/2008/04/why_do_people_fight_in_civil_w.html>. Bibliography “Bodies, furniture, clothes, and all kinds of property were scattered all over. On one verandah we saw an old man sitting in a chair as if asleep. There was a bullet hole in his forehead and underneath the stoop lay the bodies of two men whose genitals, limbs, and hands had been chopped off by a machete that was on the ground next to their piled body parts” (Beah 27). “The lieutenant went on for almost an hour, describing how the rebels had cut off the heads of some people’s family members and made them watch, burned entire villages along with their inhabitants, forced sons to have intercourse with their mothers, hacked newly born babies in half because they cried too much, cut open pregnant women’s stomachs, took the babies out, and killed them” (Beah 108). *The civil war in Sierra Leone began in march 1991, when the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) attempted to over throw the government. Many ethnic groups took action in this event and from 1991-1996 an estimated number of 15,000 people died.
*Ethnicity was part of the reason the civil war started. Even though the ethnic groups in Sierra Leone are not seriously divided, the ethnic loyalty kept an important stand in the government, military, and business world. *The rebels did horrible things and forced women into prostitution to save their lives.
-At age 8, Hawa Dumbuya was forced to be Issa Sesay's (a rebel leader) "wife". Sesay slaughtered Hawa's parents before taking her to be his "wife". When the RUF was disarmed in 2002, Hawa lived as Sesay's slave, going with him to cruel missions by day and at night suffered his repeated rapes and assaults. “He forced me to have sexual intercourse with him. When I tried to refuse he said he was going to kill me. My parents had already been killed, that was why I could not do anything. He made me carry heavy loads and if I could not he beat me. Or he sent other combatants to deal with me." *There were many boy soldiers during this time, ranging from age 9 to 16 years old. *Girls were forced to be "soldier/rebel wives". *Children usually became soldiers through force, either through mandatory draft or forced recruitment. Children were captured at their schools and their homes after their parents and teachers were slaughtered. Presentation by:
Hyzong Lor
Alexis Lund
PaHoua Vang A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah Just a little backround info Memoirs of a Boy Soldier This book is based on the momories of Ishmael Beah during his life as a wanderer and a boy soldier. Ishmael takes us through a journey of hard times until there is nothing left except for a boy who doesn't know where he stands. Summery short and sweet version quote quote
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