Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
“[Beah’s] honesty is exacting, and a testament to the ability of children ‘to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.’”—The New Yorker
This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. At the age of twelve, Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he had been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and finally, to heal. “Everyone in the world should read this book. Not just because it contains an amazing story, or because it’s our moral, bleeding-heart duty, or because it’s clearly written. We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human.”—Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World
Ishmael Beah is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee; and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. Radiance of Tomorrow, his first novel, is also published by Sarah Crichton Books. You can follow him on Twitter at @IshmaelBeah.
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