"10 Things About Ishael Beah"

By:Brannon (Marshall) Marsh

-Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980 and then moved to the United States in 1998.


-When he was eleven, Ishmael's life, along with the lives of millions of other Sierra Leoneans, was derailed by the outbreak of a brutal civil war.


-After his parents died, his brothers were killed, he then joined to fight as a child soldier


-Ishmael Beah was recruited into the government hen he was only 13 years old. To be in armed forces and rebel groups to serve as combatants, cooks, porters, messengers or other roles in the government


-When Ishmael was released by the army, he was sent to a UNICEF Rehabilitation Center.

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-UNICEF worked to get Bael from armed forces and helped him get off of the drugs that the army have given him.


-He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Right Division Advisory Committee.


-IN 2004 he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A in political science.


-Ishmael Bael was the author of the book called "A Long way Gone".


-"A Long way Gone" has been published in over 40 language and was nominated for a Quill Award in the Best Debut Author Category for 2007.