A Long Way Gone Analysis

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Clever Title Here* Stabbing someone in the back is a relatively easy task, especially when they are too young and oblivious to know what hit them. The civil war in Sierra Leone, lasting from 1991 to 2002, was one of the most gruesome civil wars to date. Which is odd, because it is also overwhelmingly unknown to many young Americans. This horrifying ordeal in Sierra Leone featured hundreds of children turning into mass murderers, whilst still in their pre-teen years. In hopes of becoming a feared rebel faction, the Revolutionary United Front pillaged towns throughout Sierra Leone; thus, turning their back on the peaceful residents and farmers across the country. Memoirs like, A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, and The Bite of the Mango, by Mariatu Kamara, gives the world a first hand look at the hideously hard-hitting truths of the horrendous nightmares that took place…show more content…
At an unfathomably young age Ishmael Beah and Mariatu Kamara both suffered because of betrayal, but Ishmael’s betrayal was more damaging. Ishmael Beah is a victim of the civil war in Sierra Leone; he was also a proud soldier for the government during the civil dispute. Brainwashed by the evils of war, he came to despise what he had once loved, the people of his country. Family values and future aspirations were a mere after thought for Beah when the rebellion struck and forced him out of his home. In an excerpt form an article by Michael Karwowski he explains the severe tolls of being a child soldier. “Too often, a [circumstance] of [betrayal] in their brutal new environment is that child soldiers exhibit a willingness to turn against their own community in a way that ensures their summary execution or lengthy imprisonment for war crimes if they then attempt to return. As a result, most child soldiers are like

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