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We were in Mattru Jong longer than we had anticipated We hadnt heardany news about our families and didnt know what else to do except waitand hope that they were well Writes Ishmael Beah in his book A Long WayGone memoirs of a boy soldier Ishmael has overcome more things in twoyears than most people will in their life time Beah has overcome theloss of his village the separation of his friends and family and livingalone for several months in the jungle and the mental pain fromwithdrawal from the drugs and his war memoriesIshmael had to overcome his mental pain of losing his family in MattruJong Beah fled his village with his friends and brother to get awayfrom the attack of the rebels at their home village Fleeing left himheartbroken he knew he would never see his family ever again When theyarrived at his grandmothers village they saw that the kids had losttheir mothers and heard hungry babies crying When his uncle took him into live with him and his family Beah was nervous that he wouldnt beable to fit in and forget all the horrible things he saw Once he losthis uncle he disconnected himself emotionally and mentally once againThe one person he found he could find trust in was a stranger he metonce in America This was his only way out of all his pain I haveto leave Im afraid that if I stay I will end up a soldier againBeah 209 Beah left to go to America to live with his soon to be fostermother Beah didnt even know at the time that he was gaining familymembers along the way of his journey Beah lost his family to the rebelsand for years he thought he would never have a family He started hisjourney with some school friends and his brother who he got separatedfrom running in trees hiding from the rebels He lived alone for monthsHe then found a group of
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