Analysis Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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Change Comes When It Is Least Expected In his memoir “A Long Way Gone,” Ishmael Beah describes both his indirect and direct experiences with war. He first explains that the war seemed as though it had been some place far off, and that it was when refugee began passing through was what it apparent that it was happening in their own country. The author describes the condition of the refugees as, “Apart from their fatigue and malnourishment, it was evident they had seen something … that we would refuse to accept if they told us all of it” (Beah, 2007, p. 1). He also explains that he occasionally thought the refugees were overstating their stories – his then-ten year old mind unable to grasp the terrors of seeing war first hand. Beah then goes
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