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A Long Way Gone. By: Ishmael Beah. About Ishmael. Born November 23, 1980 Victim of a civil war in Sierra Leone Became a child soldier at the age of 13 Rescued by UNICEF and deprogrammed Left Sierra Leone in 1997 to come to New York.

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A long way gone

A Long Way Gone

By: Ishmael Beah


About ishmael
About Ishmael

  • Born November 23, 1980

  • Victim of a civil war in Sierra Leone

  • Became a child soldier at the age of 13

  • Rescued by UNICEF and deprogrammed

  • Left Sierra Leone in 1997 to come to New York.

  • He attended high school and got a college degree from Oberlin College in 2004 in Political Science

  • He returned home in 2009 with an ABC News crew to talk about his country and experiences.

  • He works as an advocate for children worldwide through UNICEF now.


Controversy the fog of memoir
Controversy: The Fog of Memoir

  • In 2008, Ishmael was accused of getting his facts wrong by some Australian writers.

  • Read “The Fog of Memoir” to learn more…

  • Highlight important details about the book and the argument on both sides.


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