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Key Insights From:
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
By Ishmael Beah
- The first whiff of war came from fleeing refugees passing through Ishmael’s village.
- Soldiers assigned to defend the town of Mattru Jong abandoned villagers just before the rebels pillaged their home.
- You can outrun the Revolutionary United Front for a time, but you can’t outrun hunger.
- Rebel armies used drugs and leveraged basic human impulses to attract child soldiers.
- In war, no one is “the good guy.”
- Ishmael left unrest and violence in Sierra Leone when he moved to NYC, but making peace with the past is an ongoing process.