Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

At the tender age of 13, the young boy had experienced what many only have the chance to dream about or just imagine in their entire lives. At 16 however, he was rescued by UNICEF and removed from the unit, being given another chance to live a normal life, to heal the wounds of war, to forgive and be forgiven and to love and be loved again. He was given an opportunity to use his experience to show others and teach them about the atrocities of war and became an ambassador of the child soldiers worldwide. As a boy, Ishmael and his family are less connected to the war in the country until they begin to see refugees passing. These families have walked long distances, fleeing from the adversities and atrocities of the war in the land. The children would not even look at them and would jump at the slightest sound. Ishmael and his friends cannot fathom what these people have gone through. At this time, he is only 10 years old. The first time that Ishmael is involved with the affairs of the war is when he is 12. It is in January 1993 when Ishmael, his brother Junior and their friend Talloi decide to travel to the town called Mattru Jong to take part in a talent show. The boys had formed a rap group when Ishmael was only eight and had rapped together ever since. They had discovered this kind of music while watching television and had met every weekend to study it. They didn’t even know what it was called for a long time but had been excited by the fact that black folks knew how to speak English very fast and to the beat. This was the hero’s call to adventure. This story points out the transition of an innocent boy who is industrious and talented into a drug-addicted killing machine who later finds his way back into civilized society, thanks to the humanitarian efforts of UNICEF. This is well stated by Jones, ‘The Hero’s Journey is always about atransition

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