Ishmael Beah one of many African children, who were forced into local conflicts as boy Soldier. He is now 26yr old living US.
A Long Way Gone, is his riveting true life story. In this book about 12yr old wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence and fled attacking rebels by thirteen picking sides with government army. Beah, simple small village boy, found that he was capable of evil acts. Most of African wars are fought by children hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children are becoming soldiers of choice.
This books explains -- How African Civil wars fought today? How Children are effect? What is like for child soldiers? How simple boy transform into a killer? How to recover humanity? Life story of boy soldiers cannot be described by NGOs, journalists, working on ground. Until now very few had manage share light like Beah, someone who came through this hell and survived. This one of those few Memoirs told with honesty and real literary abilities.
This book is yet another re-assurance that:
a) Yes, Hope & Faith do have voice
b) Most of us has nothing to complain about and we are among few of most blessed people in this world.
also, Interesting to read :
NewYork Times: The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier by By ISHMAEL BEAH