The war began on march 23, 1991 when the RUF wanted to attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government.
In this war the RUF was pushed to the Liberian border but soon fought back in, and Sierra Leone adopted a new form of government. The leader of the new government declared the end of the war. This was not the actual end of the war, it went on for a few more years but eventually the commonwealth won.
Boys from the ages 7-14 were used in combat and the girls were sexually abused.
Some other countries that use child soldiers:
Sudan: Human Trafficking, forced labor and sexual exploitation,
Iraq: Make the children spies and fighters
Syria: hidden child labor, make clothes
Nigeria: Child trafficking, sexual exploitation, quarrying gravel and armed conflict
In 2014 the UN launched a campaign called "Children Not Soldiers" to end and prevent the practice of child soldiers and try to get these children back into their normal civilian lives.
Some things they're doing are preventing recruitment, releasing existing soldiers, and re-integrate kids back into civilian life.
When the UN rehabilitates children that were used as child soldiers they first give a medical exam, and then they keep them in profesional care for at least two months before they return to their civilized lives.
Now Ishmael Beah is 36 years old and has written two books and is going on tour.
He didn't really have a style. He just wrote how he remembered things happening in chronological order
He went to orberlin college.
Music had a positive influence on Ishmeal's life and widened his English vocabulary
Here is an example of the music Ishmael would have listened to.
This video tells why Ishmael decided to start talking about the situation in Sierra Leone. I learned that he decided to start bringing awareness to this was vecause when he came to America he realized that most people don't know about what is going on in Sierra Leone.
In this video Ishmael talks about child soldiers. I learned that the child soldier initiative is to spread the word of child soldiers, I figured it was to physically or medically help child soldiers directly.