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  • A former child soldier speaks out on violence and healing

    A simple life was transformed by violence when Ishmael Beah was recruited, at age 13, to fight as a child soldier.

    "We have a repsonbility to expose ourselves to our world, to see our common humanity, tolearn about other people -- not only in times of war, but in times of peace."

    05.10.08 | 20:18 GMTcomments

    Ishmael Beah was only 13 when he was recruited to fight in Sierra Leone's vicious civil war in 1991. Nearly three years passed before UNICEF rescued him, and it wasn't until 1998 that he finally escaped the violence. After arriving in the United States, he wrote a memoir of his combat experience, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, and joined the Human Rights Watch as an advocate against the abuse of children in wartime.