by Ishmael Beah
Caught up in the civil war in SIerra Leone at the age of twelve when his village was burned, Ishmael Beah was separated from his family and walked for days and days with four friends. The bloodshed and horror that he witnesses causes him to have terrible migraines and spend sleepless nights. Forcibly inducted into the army, he is taught to handle a AK-47 and given white tablets which make him stay awake and energized. The boy soldiers are encouraged to use cocaine Ishmael becomes addicted to a mixture of drugs,then trained to kill mercilessly.
Nevertheless, this is a story of redemption and renewal. Ishmael is rescued and given a chance to receive counseling and help in readjusting to society. In the end it is a success story and we feel touched and encouraged by his resilience and his ability to make it back even though he was truly a long way gone from humane society. Bravo! An important story to read!