Long way gone: Infographic

By: Andrew Vinson

Ishmael Beah

  • Ishmael is a man who has survived a war and wrote about his experiences
  • He has traveled village to village avoiding the rebels
  • He has felt scared and in pain multiple times while trying to survive


The starchy tuberous root of a tropical tree. Used as food.


A short sword that has a slight curve.

Conflict #1: man vs. self

Ishmael is alone and is struggling to stay on his feet. He constantly fights his body to keep moving and stay alive. He also forces himself up a tree in his weakened state.

Conflict #2: man vs. society

Ishmael has been confronted with the rebels and has nearly died several times. He is not fighting to kill them, but to stop them from killing him.