WOMEN AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM

REBUILDING: A CHILD SOLDIER AFTER WAR

Ishmael Beah, Author; United Nations Goodwill Ambassador; President and Founder, Ishmael Beah Foundation



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Child soldiers rarely join a war because they want to fight – they are usually kidnapped and forced. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of child soldiers fighting in at least 25 countries. Ishmael Beah, stolen into Sierra Leone’s civil war, experienced firsthand how war can shape young, impressionable minds. Following the success of his memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, he is now exploring how communities can be rebuilt following war. Foreign interests, poor governance, and extreme lack of basic needs such as food, healthcare, and education are just a few of the challenges communities can face recovering from wars that may have lasted decades. Join Ishmael Beah and The Chicago Council for a discussion of his new novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, set in a post-war Sierra Leone.

Ishmael Beah is an author, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and president and founder of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He is the author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before numerous organizations including the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. He received his BA in Political Science from Oberlin College.

His latest book, Radiance of Tomorrow, will be available for pu rchase and signing following the program.
  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

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