Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, 'A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier'. The book details his harrowing experiences as a child soldier during the Sierra Leone Civil War. After being rescued by UNICEF and rehabilitated, he moved to the United States where he continued his education and became an advocate for children affected by war. Beah has since written other works, including the novel 'Radiance of Tomorrow', and continues to speak on behalf of war-affected children globally.


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  1. 1. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    This memoir recounts the harrowing experiences of a young boy forcibly recruited into the Sierra Leonean army during the country's brutal civil war. The narrative follows his journey from an innocent child fascinated with rap music to a hardened child soldier, who is eventually rescued by UNICEF and rehabilitated. The book provides a stark, firsthand account of the horrors of war and the resilience of the human spirit.