A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

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Regarding A Long Way Gone, how is Ishmael Beah contributing to the community today?

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I would say that one way in which Beah is contributing to the community is through his efforts to make the world aware of the plight of child soldiers. Beah has not retreated into a sanctuary of wealth and fame, forgetting that others still experience the inferno from which he escaped.  He makes clear that the plight of child soldiers must be recognized.  Beah has given interviews asserting that dehumanizing children is relatively "easy," and is something that the world community must actively counter.  Beah writes his work with the understanding that his efforts can bring attention to the condition of child soldiers in parts of the world that can be easily forgotten and overlooked in the global...

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