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About the Author

Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980 and moved to the U.S. in 1998. In 2004, he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Division Advisory Committee, and has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. Beah's writing has appeared in Vespertine Press and LIT magazine. He lives in New York City.