Posted by: koolwine | August 1, 2010

Sierra Leone: A Long Way Gone

Country: Sierra Leone

Local Name: Sierra Leone, meaning “Lion Mountains”

Title: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Author: Ishmael Beah

Published: 2007   Pages: 218

Acclaim: #1 National Bestseller

Time Period: 1993-1997, during the  Sierra Leone Civil War, which was fought between the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) and the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF).

Summary: While Beah and his friends are out of town for a talent show, they learn that RUF forces have slaughtered everyone in their village and are advancing towards them.  The boys elude the fighters for days, but are eventually caught by a NPRC unit and forced to become soldiers.  Beah describes his emotional transformation from frightened child to merciless killer.  After an aid organization rescues him, he morphs once again, this time from drug-addicted aggressor to international diplomat.



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