"A Long Way Gone"

"A Long Way Gone" is a memoir of Sierra Leonean Ishmael Beah, published in 2007. It tells the intriguing story of the author’s journey, from a humble citizen and a boy solider to a rehabilitated adult, through the dark days of Sierra Leone when the decade long civil war tore the country.

Ishmael was born and raised in Sierra Leone in a loving family that believed in education for a better tomorrow. Ishmael, then 12 years old, his brother Junior and friends left home for Mattru Jong to perform in a talent show; following their passion for hip hop music and dance. That day marked the last time they all saw their families.

Then Mattru Jong fell under the rebels. Ishmael and his friends had never seen anyone get shot at point-blank range; they never witnessed people dying or experienced the agony and dripping blood before. The trauma the group went through forced them to leave the village running through the woods with their hearts beating fast.

Ishmael and the friends he made on the run came across the so called government army at the age of 13 and were forced to join. They were brainwashed to believe that becoming a soldier and fighting against the rebels was the only option they had to revenge their families’ blood.

Staying in the army for three years straight, Ishmael became a drug addict whose memories of good times prior to the war were entirely blocked and whose sole ambition was to become as good as the villains in the action and war movies, the army fed them every day.

Luckily, Ishmael was rescued by UNICEF at the age of 16 and taken to Benin House, a rehabilitation center in Freetown. Had it not been for the patience and strength of the staff, especially the volunteer Nurse Eshter, chances were that Ishmael wouldn’t have lived to see today and write this exceptional story.

Not one page out of the total 256 failed to awe me with the intriguing way of storytelling, spiced up with the firsthand experiences that kept me marveling at the very nature of the human brain, its way of thinking and flexibility. If A Long Way Gone was a novel or even a “based-on-a-true-story”, I would have said it was a little exaggerated as I could never imagine anyone’s brain capable of undergoing such changes. I cannot think of someone changing into a completely different persona and being restored back to the old original person through love, hope and faith. But, good enough to convince me, the book is a firsthand experience, a memoir with not even a pinch of fictious character or setting. It revealed to me a whole new dimension about life and a bigger drop of evidence of how anything is possible.

Selam Mussie

EBR staff writter


  • Rodgerpielp

    cheap levitra generic
    generic levitra
    buy generic levitra 10 mg
    buy levitra online
    best place to buy generic levitra

    Rodgerpielp Saturday, 21 October 2017 23:45 Comment Link
  • HarlanClode

    buy levitra no prescription uk
    levitra coupon
    cheap levitra in canada
    buy levitra online
    safe place buy levitra

    HarlanClode Friday, 20 October 2017 17:55 Comment Link
  • Layla

    buy viagra nigeria
    viagra online
    herbal viagra sale ireland

    Layla Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:03 Comment Link
  • RonaldLex

    cialis pills in canada
    buy cialis
    can you buy cialis over counter spain
    tadalafil generic
    buy authentic cialis

    RonaldLex Monday, 16 October 2017 10:00 Comment Link
  • Davidram

    cialis c20 pills
    buy cialis
    the cheapest cialis
    cost of cialis
    cheapest cialis no prescription

    Davidram Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:55 Comment Link
  • Agustinatore

    mattress sizes length and width tempurpedic mattresses reviews back pain memory foam mattress toppers at costco memory foam mattress reviews chart comparison
    rate mattresses 2017 best mattress to buy for 2016 top rated mattresses for 2015 and 2016 mattresses panama city florida
    top mattresses 2017 best mattress 2017 comparisons best mattresses 2016 list top rated baby mattresses 2016

    mattress store anchorage ak top 10 sold mattresses 2016 best rated firm mattress 2016 top rated mattress toppers for 2014
    tempurpedic mattress toppers sale mattress reviews compare mattress sizes chart in cm futon mattresses in ocala florida
    extra firm mattress topper cal king mattress stores in new hampshire best mattresses 2017 consumer reports queen size mattress dimensions in ukraine

    Agustinatore Friday, 13 October 2017 08:01 Comment Link
  • Gilbertstaky

    can i buy viagra in japan
    viagra uk
    discount viagra
    viagra for sale uk
    what are viagra pills yahoo

    Gilbertstaky Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:12 Comment Link
  • KevinWow

    buy cialis online
    prescription drugs canada

    viagra from candian

    cialis canadian

    KevinWow Wednesday, 11 October 2017 22:54 Comment Link
  • DanielRoN

    generic viagra usa
    viagra for men
    get viagra toronto
    viagra price
    buy cheap viagra generic online

    DanielRoN Wednesday, 11 October 2017 22:29 Comment Link
  • Justinmycle

    pill women like viagra
    cheap viagra
    current price viagra india
    buy viagra
    is cialis or viagra cheap

    Justinmycle Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:29 Comment Link

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Latest News

Ethiopia to Host the 4th International Coffee Conference

Ethiopia to Host the 4th International Coffee Conference

Ethiopia is set to host the 4th International Coffee Conference from March 6 – 8, 2016 in Addis Ababa at the United Nations Conference Center. Previous conferences were held  in England in 2001, Brazil in 2005 and Guatemala in 2010. Read more


UAE-backed Egyptian forces arrive in Eritrea... https://t.co/dLEQRWD78l

ሰበር ዜና ብሄራዊ ባንክ ከነገ ጀምሮ የብር ምንዛሪ ተመንን በ15% እንዲገሽብ ውሳኔ አስተላለፈ፡፡ በተጨማሪም የገንዘብ ማስቀመጫ ወለድን ከ5% ወደ 7% ከፍ እንዲል ውሳኔ... https://t.co/fab8ZVRMVa
Follow EBR News on Twitter

Most Popular

  • 1
  • 2
Prev Next

The White-Box of Ethiopian Agriculture

The agricultural sector remains our Achilles heel, nonetheless, we remain convinced that agricultural-based development remains the only source of hope ...

Read more

For Whoever Has, to Him Shall be Given …

As the Ethiopian government seeks to transform the economy into one that’s rooted in manufacturing, the simplicity for local investors to access finance...

Read more


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Shooting in the Dark: The Anomalies of Headhunting

The war for ‘heads’ – also known as talent – has been raging for many years and the manner headhunters ‘poach’ people is getting tougher ...

Read more

Understanding Chinese Investment in Ethiopia A Critical Evaluation of the World Bank’s “Chinese FDI in Ethiopia” Survey

The World Bank country office in Ethiopia, apparently in response to the request by the government of Ethiopia, has conducted a survey of...

Read more

Mitigating Growing Income Inequality: What Needs to Be Done

Rising income and wealth inequality in many countries around the world has been a long-term trend for three decades or more. But the atte...

Read more

View Point

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Delivering Life Insurance: The Untapped Market in Ethiopia

Modern insurance transaction in Ethiopia was started by an Egyptian Bank in 1905. According to Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce there were 19, 33 and 40 insuran...

Read more

Cut Throat: The Vicious Cycle of Price Based Competition in Ethiopian Insurance Industry

For most, it was imprecise how Ethiopian insurers would manage their prices devoid of actuaries. As most insurers know, premium has a more significant impact...

Read more

Headache When a Key Personnel leaves a Company in the Financial Sector

The financial sector in Ethiopia has undergone considerable changes in recent decades. The dramatic rise of new market players into the sector has vividly al...

Read more