As a child soldier Ishmael Beah learned firsthand that revenge spreads and multiplies without limits or fairness. He joined the army rather than starve after his family was killed. Older soldiers told him the army gave him a way to avenge the killings of his family. At the United Nations Ishmael testifies to what he has lived: revenge never ends, killing leads to more killing.
Here he further discusses his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone:
Ishmael Beah has just released a second book – a novel called “Radiance of Tomorrow.” It is set in post-war Sierra Leone.