They find a cassette tape of rap music in Ishmael's pocket and play it for the council. A boy from the village where Ishmael and his friends performed recognizes Ishmael, and the boys are set free. Once, they are captured by a group of men who are volunteer guards for their village and are brought before the village council. When Ishmael and his group are captured and brought before a village chief, they are nearly drowned as they are believed to be spies. I also had to get some food to survive, and the only way to do that was to be part of the army. Sciences, Culinary Arts and Personal I used the only freedom that I had then, my thought. Under these stars I used to hear stories, but now it seemed as if it was the sky that was telling us a story as its stars fell, violently colliding with each other. While waiting for news, Ishmael narrates, ''Junior, Talloi, and I listened to rap music, trying to memorize the lyrics so that we could avoid thinking about the situation at hand.''. To unlock this lesson you must be a Member. What is Professional Development for Teachers? ”, “We lost a few adult soldiers on our side and my friends Musa and Josiah. Just when he was about to pull the trigger, the monkey spoke: ‘If you shoot me, your mother will die, and if you don’t, your father will die.’ The monkey resumed its position, chewing its food, and every so often scratched its head or the side of its belly. Although his father was not sure this was the kind of English Ishmael needed to learn, Ishmael's obsession with rap ended up keeping him alive on more than one occasion.

Even thought I am still alive, I feel like each time I accept death, part of me dies.

When he is captured by a village, the music convinces the village chief that Ishmael is harmless and enables him to be identified by a boy who had seen him perform. No one will be able to tell stories about my childhood.”, “What I have learned from my experiences is that revenge is not good. When you purchase books using links on our website, Bookroo or its affiliates may receive a small commission (at no added cost to you). Because of the war, people did not trust boys their age. In A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, the author describes how vital rap music was to his survival. During their travels, the boys meet a woman who tells them that Gibrilla's aunt is in a village called Kamator, and they decide to seek shelter there. It followed us under thick clouds and waited for us at the other end of dark forest paths. I stayed up all night, anxiously waiting for daylight, so that I could fully return to my new life, to rediscover happiness I had known as a child, the joy that had stayed alive inside me even through times when being alive itself became a burden. The mood wasn't in the sky; the air was stiff, as if nature itself was afraid of what was happening.”, “ONE OF THE UNSETTLING THINGS about my journey, mentally, physically, and emotionally, was that I wasn’t sure when or where it was going to end.”, “At night it felt as if we were walking with the moon.