Former boy soldier Ishmael Beah takes on new battles
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There’s no couch in Ishmael Beah’s New York City loft. The elevator opens to a long narrow room, empty save for a few X-shaped wooden African chief’s chairs, a bunch of pillows on the floor and a massive dining table. There’s one cluttered corner of cushions, books and a tall stand where Beah writes. But the kitchen is modern–his pregnant Congolese wife Priscillia and Iranian mother-in-law are cooking in there, and in the corner is a big fancy rock-star drum set.
Beah is getting good at living between two worlds. He has the odd distinction of being one of his continent’s most famous literary and military figures, thanks to his 2007 memoir A Long Way Gone, which introduced millions of readers to the plight of the boy soldier.