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In Chapter 12 of A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, Beah and the friends with whom he has been traveling are taken in from the forest by a group of government soldiers. They are led to a village which is manned by the government army and told that they must stay in the village or risk being killed by the rebels who lie in wait outside the village. Beah and his friends accept the food and shelter offered by the villagers, and in return the soldiers order that the boys become part of the army. They are fitted with clothing and weapons, and they must learn to shoot at targets. In short, Chapter 12 is the doorway into Beah’s life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
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