Were you afraid for yourself or for someone you loved? He tells us this attack is responsible for splitting his group of friends up, and that it's ''the last time I saw Junior, my older brother. We do not have a good feeling about this. Those who haven't witnessed their violence firsthand have at least heard stories, and those stories are terrifying. Beah considers the rebels to be ignorant young men enamored of killing and torture, not freedom fighters in the service of a greater cause. Ishmael spends his days working, and at night he sometimes sits and watches the village boys play. He was always getting into trouble back home. They were taught to shoot and to hide.
The other example of war was the actual war that Ishmael was going through. As night approaches, Beah is amazed by how many lights there are in the city. It's not pleasant work, but it's better than being homeless and hungry. The boys fight, bayonets drawn. The rebels then announce that they will be taking recruits. No one will listen to them.
This means seeing Ishmael and the others in a group ''reminded them of the massacres, and that struck fear in their hearts again. He, like me, could only control his response to these opportunities. Of course the effects of being a child soldier are much deeper and more profound. Beah feels guilty about their pillage, but accepts that they had no other option. When we begin chapter 6 in A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah and his friends are in the process of running after narrowly avoiding being killed by the rebel soldiers occupying Mattru Jong. Returning to after his speaking event, he eventually made his way back to the United States. The place becomes alive again, and five days go by peacefully.
Alhaji and Beah are chosen, and only once they have turned over their guns are they told what is going on. Ishmael and company know this is a big mistake. Just as Ishmael did not. The old man begins to cry. Meanwhile, the boys, despite what they have seen and done, are still treated as if they should have no choice in what happens next to them. Then the rebels decide to change their choices.
After hours on the road and many checkpoints, they come to a city. The rebels line up the prisoners to choose recruits. Ishmael is shocked because, before the war, no one of his age would dare disrespect an elder like that; war has negated the social norms. The six boys are taken to a nearby rebel-occupied village, all the time threatened with being shot by their guard should they step out of line. One of them seems to be a troublemaker, and reminds Ishmael of his own past as a ''troublesome boy'' who fought other kids every chance he got.
It is filled with memories and dream imagery that are horrifying to both Ishmael and the reader. The kid ends up saving their lives because the villagers let the boys go. As he took off the bedsheet, he could see that the young boy got shot on the throat. This shocks Ishmael who has always been taught respect for elders. The air literally smells of blood and burnt flesh. .
Once again, the cassette came to the rescue, showing that they were a group of innocent boys. It seems like the sky ''was filled with smoke, endless gray smoke that made the sun dull. You don't mess with hungry teenagers. Ishmael tells parts of his war stories and dreams to Esther and soon comes to fully trust her. They are accepted into another village on the grounds that they help with the farming. At the age of 16, however, removed him from the unit and put him into a rehabilitation program.
Watching Junior with the stone reminds Ishmael of better times, and the night when Junior tried to teach him how to skip stones. Instead, he was focused on dancing to Hip-hop with his group of friends and his brother, Junior in Mattru Jong, 16 miles from his home village. People stopped trusting each other, and every stranger became an enemy. After a while, Ishmael reunites with his group, and they walk back to the nearby village in silence. Why not go to another village with food, but without rebels? It is likely these rebels were forced into being soldiers in just the same way. Ishamel, Junior and Tallio managed to narrowly escape the rebels, though Ishmael paints a horrific scene of what they were forced to endure.
There is also the contrast of Ishmael cooking dinner as gunshots ring out throughout the town. Ishmael had to take this corpse to the cemetary to lay it to rest. Not only had Junior tried to teach Ishmael a new trick, but he'd also looked out for his little brother when Ishmael fell on the way home. As far as I know or remember, I haven't experienced anything like what Ishmael experienced. He can hear the rebels rounding people up, but they don't find him.
The other correction involved the newspaper's publication, not of Beah's foster-mother's address but of her publicly listed website address; hate mail had indeed been received, but via the Internet. Plus, farming season is starting, and they need the boys to pitch in. So far, I am shocked by the senseless brutality that Sierra Leoneans experienced and the ability of ten year old Ishmael and his eleven year old brother and friend, Junior and Talloi, to keep reasonably sane during period of time and keep themselves alive. Let's find out what happens next. Ishmael had been living in New York for over a month.