oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - A long way gone - memoirs of a boy soldier, Ishmael Beah : book reviews

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



The relevance of a book review of a fictional account of the life story of a child soldier in Sierra Leone for a journal such as is twofold : a) Truth (reality) remains stranger (more horrific) than fiction; b) Based on national foreign policy, the truth (realities) of Sierra Leone is by continental affiliation a South African reality, and by micro-affiliation an SANDF reality. This book challenges contemporary society, which is continuously bombarded and often jaded by faceless or nameless graphic news scenes. Those portions of society that remain blinded by prejudice and self-centred socio-political gaze to the severity of these scenes, are now confronted with a face and a name : Ishmael Beah.

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