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An important document about humanity
am 25. August 2008
"This I won't do, no matter what." very often when we read or hear about atrocities human beings inflicted on each other, we are quite sure, that we wouldn't do the same things if we got into the same situations. and luckily, our convictions are seldom put to the test.
Ishmael Beah had been 11 years old, when his village was attacked by rebels in Sierra Leone and after a year flight through the country he became conscripted into the army - and together with some boys the same age he committed a lot of atrocities. He explains in this book, how it came to this and why he did what he did. And how he came out of there.
This book is not about an excuse. It is about redeeming oneself by acting against the things that lead to the atrocities. In this edition - on the P.S.-pages at the end, we can see some of the redeeming efforts - and get more information about child-soldiering all over the world. everybody who still believes war is an opportunity for glory should really read this book very, very carefully.