#WeeklyThoughts: Children, not Soldiers

ishmael beah

Meet Ishmael Beah – a Sierra Leone born human rights activist with focus on children affected by wars. He himself became a child soldier at only 13 years of age in Sierra Leone, fighting for the government army against rebels for three years before being rescued by UNICEF and moving to the United States of America later in his teen years.

His talent in pen ignited him to pen down being a child soldier in his own eyes through his best selling memoir A long Way gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. He intricately tells a gripping story of the wars that broke, his drug usage at that age and all the bodies he and his affiliates killed mercilessly not only out of patriotism but seeking avenge of his family. Read and purchase his story here