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The Sounds of My Village - Ishmael Beah

“I allowed my mind to take in the beautiful sounds that welcomed the morning.”

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The Sounds of My Village

by Ishmael Beah

A man from Sierra Leone describes his transformation from innocent child to cold-hearted soldier.

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Ishmael’s story was first captured in his book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Publisher’s Weekly says ”this absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.” We also highly recommend his book to Moth listeners. For more information on Ishmael, visit his website.