Ishmael Beah is a 1 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author
Ishmael Beah is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, which was nominated for a Quill Award in the Best Debut Author category for 2007.
In 1991, the Sierra Leone Civil War started. Rebels invaded Beah's hometown, and he was forced to flee. Separated from his family, he spent months wandering south with a group of other boys. At the age of 12, he was forced to become a child soldier. He fought for almost three years before being rescued by UNICEF. With the help of the UNICEF, he found his way to New York City, where he lived with a foster mother. In New York City, Beah attended the United Nations International School. After high school, he enrolled at Oberlin College and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Political Science.