The Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002) began on 23 March 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia , intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. The resulting civil war lasted 11 years, enveloped the country, and left over 50,000 dead.
The RUF began to use child soldiers as the war progressed. Most children were put into the war against their will.
Children being exploited and being recruited as child soldiers all over the world. In countries such as Afghanistan, Congo, and Liberia their children have been used to fight in their military affairs. Many of them are often threaten and kidnap led to fight against their will.
Many countries and organizations have stepped in to solve this issue, such as the NGO. The biggest group being the UN, followed by Cultures of Resistance and Child Soldiers International
The UN have made children drafting a crime in almost every place in the world. They also ensured that anyone under eighteen does not have to be forced into wars, and breaking this will resolve in severe punishments
This is Ishmael Beah. He is 36 years old. He went to Oberlin College.
While Beah's memoir is written largely in a matter-of-fact tone, he does use several devices to illustrate the theme of loss of innocence: use of flashbacks, symbolism, and nature motifs
Beah adopts a writing style appropriate to his age during the events described.
Beah loved music, and rapping, at a young age. Throughout his journey he carried journals and used his and others music as an escape.