Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Long Way Gone...

Sierra Leone is hot in the news at the moment due to the elections that were held this past Saturday. While we are still awaiting the results I thought I would tell you about a book I am reading. It's a gripping book so far, and at times hits close to the heart; reading about Sierra Leone - the country I now call home.

In A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a powerfully gripping story: At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and, finally, to heal.

This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
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