A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, published by Sarah Crichton Books in New York in 2007, tells the haunting story of Ishmael Beah, a child soldier during the Sierra Leone Civil War. The book begins in January of 1993 in Ishmael’s small village called Mogbwemo, located near Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone. A Long Way Gone addresses a plethora of geographical issues such as refugees and population movements, child exploitation, and most of all: war. Each of these issues directly affects Ishmael, the autobiographer. In his book of memoirs, A Long Way Gone, Beah uses his horrendous experiences as a young teenager thrown into the dead heat of civil war to effectively argue that children have a right to their own childhoods, and that children deserve to have their innocence remain in place until they are older, not have it be stolen by the terror of war. His potent encounters and experiences also highlight successfully the undeniable effects that geographical problems are causing not just in Sierra Leone, but across the entire African continent. As previously stated briefly, Beah makes a clear main argument that is always present throughout his memories and stories from the war. To state it simply, children deserve to be children. Beah argues that youth do not deserve to have their innocence stolen by war and the pain that inevitably stems from it. In the book, Beah becomes part of the war and later has to recover from his experiences and learn to let go, all while he is under the age

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