A Long Way Gone

Chapters 5-8

Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah was an innocent teenager when the African Rebels took over his village. He managed to escape and little did he know that he was going to be running for a while. He grew very scared of losing his only family member left, his older brother Junior. He also grew scared of the Rebels, nature, and even other humans.

Historical Connection

The attacks of Isis can be compared to the attacks of these in Africa. Innocent Men and women, and children are being killed or forced into military for no reason at all other than to strengthen the Army. Sure, Isis has gone to a new level by sending messages by bombing innocent places, however, both of these groups are rebelling for some common reason and they have taken it to the extreme.

Vocab 1: Verandah

-A roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor.
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Vacab #2: Cassava

-The starchy tuberous root of a tropical tree
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This true story takes place in many villages around Sierra Leone because Ishmael is running from the Rebels. The setting changes many time throughout the story, but most of it takes place in small villages.
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