However, moments before they reach the town, it is attacked by the RUF. Neil Boothbyan academic who has undertaken extensive research into children and war, said that while all of the atrocities described by Beah have occurred at various points, it would be highly unusual for one child to have experienced them all.
The boys then travel together to another village on the coast. They become close friends.
Ishmael is welcomed by his extended family in Freetown and is again saved by their support and kindness. In search of safety, the group of boys and Ishmael go to that village, but soon leave.
After Ishmael returns to Freetown, Sierra Leone, a coup by the RUF and the military ousts the civilian government, and the war Ishmael has been avoiding catches up with him. While there, he is recruited to travel to the United States to speak at a United Nations event about child soldiers.
Uncle Tommy is a carpenter with three kids and a wife, all of whom welcome Ishmael as their new brother. Ishmael roams around the wilderness by himself for a while, until he meets up with another group of traveling boys whom he recognizes from his home village.
He is killed in the first battle that Ishmael and his squad fight in. Possible explanations for any inaccuracies include the trauma of war as experienced by a young child, the drug use described in his account, and the possibility that Beah was tacitly encouraged by outsiders to compile stories from multiple sources into a singular autobiographical account.
Devastated, and believing that Gasemu is to blame for his not being able to see his family on time, Ishmael attacks Gasemu but is stopped by the other boys.
The controversy was followed up in international publications including the British Sunday Times Slate and the Village Voice. Adoption[ edit ] Eventually, Ishmael becomes adopted by his Uncle Tommy in the city and settles down with him and his family on the outskirts of Freetown.
Return to Sierra Leone and flight abroad[ edit ] Inwhen Ishmael returns to Sierra Leone, Freetown is invaded by a combination of the RUF and the Sierra Leonean government army, causing many civilian deaths, including the death of Uncle Tommy from malady.
Many refugees fled to this village because the Sierra Leone Armed Forces occupied it. Just before they reach the village, the boys meet a man named Gasemu whom Ishmael knew from Mattru Jong. Another child soldier with the Sierra Leone Armed Forces.
Mohamed was meant to go with Ishmael to the talent show in the beginning of the story, but had to stay behind to help his father work. Ishmael then learns from a woman from his hometown that Junior, his younger brother Ibrahim, and his parents are safe in another village with many others from Mattru Jong.
The three meet up with old friends, Gibrilla, Kaloko, and Khalilou there. Saidu is the first of the group to die; he dies suddenly two nights after he and the other boys eat a crow that fell from the sky.
Caught by surprise, Ishmael, Junior, and their friend split up and run into the swamps. Ishmael admits that he loves her, but never sees her again after he leaves Freetown. On their way, they encounter multiple other villages.
It is unknown what happens to him. Uncle Tommy later dies of sickness. Alhaji and Ishmael formed a close bond during their years as soldiers, and were part of the same squad.
The three are able to flee the village without the rebels following them. Boothby criticized the mentality that provided attention only to those with the most horrific stories to tell, thus encouraging exaggeration. He later goes back to the front lines after his family rejects taking him in.
Ishmael is taken to a rehabilitation center, where he struggles to understand his past and to imagine a future. Thinking they would return the following day, they tell no one of their leaving. They decide to head back home. Recruitment and life as a child soldier[ edit ] The boys then settle into another village protected by the army.
They are then chased into the forest by remaining RUF soldiers, and Gasemu dies from being shot, leaving Ishmael more saddened. While the publisher made note of these, it stood by the accuracy of the book. As a child soldier Ishmael is exposed to extreme violence and drug usage.
He becomes junior sergeant, and later is chosen to stay behind because he is older while Alhaji and Ishmael are sent to rehabilitation. Ishmael tells parts of his war stories and dreams to Esther, and soon comes to fully trust her.
Despite the violence caused by the children, one of the staffers, Nurse Esther, becomes interested in Ishmael, learning about his childhood love of rap music and purchasing him a rap cassette and Walkmanwhen she takes Ishmael and his friend Alhaji to the city.Ishmael Beah (born on 23 November ) is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone.
His most recent novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, was published in January "A Long Way Gone" is intended to be a memoir of Ishmael Beah's own journey as a child soldier, and there were supposedly conflicts in the timeline. However, regardless of whether or not this story was the true experience of Ishmael Beah, it cannot be denied that he shares with the world a story that must be exposed and shared/5(K).
In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of.
A Long Way Gone is the true story of Ishmael Beah, who becomes an unwilling boy soldier during a civil war in Sierra Leone. When he is twelve years old, Beah's village is attacked while he is away performing in a rap group with friends.
A Long Way Gone begins in Ishmael Beah's early youth in A twist of fate leads Beah (along with his older brother and two friends) to leave their home village to practice for a talent competition in a nearby town on the eve of an attack by the Revolutionary. ISHMAEL BEAH A LONG WAY GONE Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in He moved to the United States in and finished his last two years of high .Download