The controversy was followed up in international publications including the British Sunday Times Slate and the Village Voice.Beah can remember the logo on the sneakers he is issued by the army. He is eventually separated from Ishmael during the attack on the village of Kamator, where they were seeking refuge in. Devastated, and believing that Gasemu is to blame for his not being able to see his family on time, Ishmael attacks Gasemu but is stopped by the other boys. After armed forced attack his home village, he, his brother, and friends are left orphans and wander around seeking shelter. The arbitrary nature of the violence makes it all the more terrifying. After fleeing from rebels who sacked his village, getting separated from his older brother and friends, surviving alone in the forest and evading execution, Beah - at 12 - was inducted into a government corps of boy soldiers. Beah was born in in rural Sierra Leone and lived what seems to have been an uneventful life, shuttling between his divorced parents' houses, doted on by loving grandparents and enjoying the rap music that provided him with his first creative outlet - and incidentally with a means of saving his life on more than one occasion. Uncle Tommy is a carpenter with three kids and a wife, all of whom welcome Ishmael as their new brother. They all love Ishmael irrevocably, and unconditionally. At the age of eleven, I remember this day so vividly, but at such a young age I was unable to understand everything that was taking place before me. Essays may be lightly modified for readability or to protect the anonymity of contributors, but we do not edit essay examples prior to publication.
Although every child is not directly affected by the aspects of war, it somehow has an emotional effect on all. Among the confusion, violence, and uncertainty of the war, Ishmael, his brother, and his friends wander from village to village in search of food and shelter.
Just before they reach the village, the boys meet a man named Gasemu whom Ishmael knew from Mattru Jong. According to the United Nations, there are , if not more, child soldiers around the world.
The newspaper quoted him as saying that Beah "was a young child who had been through terrible things so he could easily have got things mixed up.
Ishmael is invited along with other children of war to New York City to tell his story to the United Nations. After months, the village is attacked. When the memoir begins, war is just a rumor to Beah.