A Long Way Gone

Sierra Leone borders

Sierra Leone borders Guinea, Libera and the North Atlantic Ocean

Sierra Leone's government is a republic and is divided into Executive,Legislative, and Judicial

RUF stands for Revolutionary United Front, they were a rebel army that fought and lost the war in Sierra Leone

Diamonds were coveted by Americans and are mined in Sierra Leone

The war started because the RUF was attempting to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government.

Child soldiers, some as young as 8, fight on front lines, participate in suicide missions, and act as spies

Liberia, Congo, Sudan, and Afghanistan. The children are being used for front line fighting.

Governments of other countries are engaging with national authorities and civil society, calling on the new government to remove all children from ranks of the national army, and practice detaining children and whoever does recruitment and use and use of children is a crime and will be punished

The UN wants to protect children from armed conflict.

Ishmael Beah is 36 now. He went to Oberlin College

He is now in the United States and finished school. He now gives motivational speeches

Ishmael' writing style is graphic to show what happened to him

Credits:

Created with images by BigMikeSndTech - "IMG_3694" • BigMikeSndTech - "IMG_5620" • US Army Africa - "Western Accord 2016 participants closeout exercise at Camp Zagre" • Tony Fischer Photography - "Mad Anthony Wayne" • 422737 - "zirconia glass diamonds noble" • US Army Africa - "Sierra Leone and Brig. Gen. Kabia: A progressive voice for African military women - ALFS 2010" • RobinAKirk - "child-soldier-afghanistan" • DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Children pictured at a UNCHR food distribution point in Liberia" • Me in ME - "United Nations Plaza" • tribalicious - "Ishmael Beah @ Starbucks" • rasdourian - "Ishmael Beah" • tribalicious - "Ishmael Beah @ Starbucks"

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