Resource page for A Long Way GoneThe questions and discussion topics that are linked below are designedto enhance your reading of Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone. Theywill enrich your experience as you explore his inspiring, infinitely valuable story.
An estimated 300,000 child soldiers now fight in the more than fiftyviolent conflicts raging around the globe. Far removed from the worldof pundits and journalists, policymakers and diplomats, a thirteen-year-oldboy named Ishmael Beah became one of these young warriors in
. Now in his mid-twenties, he courageously tells of the Sierra Leonehorrific road that led him to wield an AK-47 and, fueled by trauma anddrugs, commit terrible acts. A Long Way Gone brings a rare voice offrontline realism to a widely publicized (and widely misunderstood) human-rights crisis.
In poignantly clear and dauntless storytelling, Ishmael describes howhe fled brutal rebel soldiers, traveling miles from home on foot andgradually being reduced to a life of raw survival instincts. Yet, unlikeso many of his peers, Ishmael lived to reclaim his true self, emergingfrom
as the gentle, hopeful young man he was at heart. Sierra LeoneHis memoir is at once crucial testimony for understanding the tragedyof contemporary war zones, and a testament to the power of peacemakers.
Click on link below and follow links to a video interview with the author.
Last Modified on October 26, 2011