How does Ishmael Beah display love throughout his memoir A Long Way Gone?

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Love is actually a difficult emotion for Beah to display within the confines of A Long Way Gone.  I say this to emphasize the fact that Beah himself certainly appears to be a loving person, but because the book focuses on his time on the run from danger, his time as a child soldier, and on his rehabilitation, there are few opportunities for love to be shown.  But of course there are some moments.  Beah obviously has immense love for his family, and he tries desperately to reconnect with them after he is forced to flee his home village.  When he gets word that they are staying in an abandoned village, he rushes there only to find that the hut has been set on fire.  Later, Beah again shows love for his case worker Esther because he stands by him throughout his rehabilitation.  Finally, Beah suggests that he loves Laura Simms because he connects with her in New York and eventually escapes and travels to live under her care.