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  • Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them.
    (Ishmael Beah, "A Long Way Gone")

  • Some people tried to hurt us to protect themselves, their family and communities...This was one of the consequences of civil war. People stopped trusting each other, and every stranger became an enemy. Even people who knew you became extremely careful about how they related or spoke to you.
    (Ishmael Beah, "A Long Way Gone")

  • We must strive to be like the moon
    (Ishmael Beah, "A Long Way Gone")

  • I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I've come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end...
    (Ishmael Beah, "A Long Way Gone")

  • In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion.
    (Ishmael Beah, "A Long Way Gone")


  • My teeth became sour as I listened to his story. It was then that I understood why he was quiet all the time.
    (Ishmael Beah, "A Long Way Gone")


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