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Throughout the book, A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, we see that he faces many challenges and conflicts. These challenges prevent Ishmael from reaching safety and living a normal life back in Sierra Leone. Most of the time, the main character is facing challenges that are caused by other people. These people, like Ishmael, are trying to get away from the war that has caused chaos in the country. Children and teens around his age were most likely to be thrown into the war to fight either on the Sierra Leonean government’s side or the rebels, the Revolutionary United Front. The people that saw Ishmael and his friends, they tried to kill them because they could have been rebels. All of the problems he faces prevent Ishmael and his friends from getting somewhere safe. First, we see Ishmael running away from his home in Sierra Leone. Once a peaceful village full of music and laughter , then was brutally attacked by the …show more content…
At a very young age, he was exposed to war, violence, and death. Everyone he loved was dying and he couldn’t do anything. He was in the war, fighting for his life and to avenge his family by killing the rebels. At one point, Ishmael was so insanity ridden, he missed the war when he was in rehab. No one at any age, let alone at only 13 years old, should have to be made a child soldier, taking lives of people and watching his friends die on the battlefield. Now, he has fully recovered and living a happy life in New York, where he educates people of wars going on in Africa and how children are greatly affected by war. Using his experiences, he also helps former child soldiers recover and go back into society. A Long Way Gone educates everyone the wrath of war and that there is war in places that some people never even heard of. Hopefully, everyone can read this eye opening book to see how these poor children are being forced to fight without a

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