A Long Way Gone
By: Ishmael Beah
Uncle Tommy-a carpenter in Freetown who struggles to raise his children and the children of relatives who can't care for them
Laura Simms- a storyteller in New York City. She and Ishmael bond when he visits the United Nations to share his story of being a boy soldier.
Junior- Ishmael older brother and is also in the rap group
Mohamed- Ishmael bestfriend but not in the rap group
Quick bio about the author
shmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. When he was 13, he was forced to become a child soldier during the civil war between the Sierra Leonean government and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). For the next four years, Beah witnessed numerous atrocities and was forced to kill and torture people in the name of war.He was rescued from the government army by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and given a chance at a new life with his uncle. Beah was later chosen as one of two children to represent Sierra Leone at the United Nations First International Children's Parliament. His heartfelt account of the violence he faced and his testimony of the existence of thousands of children like him moved the UN