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In Chapter 17 of the book A Long Way Gone from Ishmael Beah, Ishmael was taken by the UNICEF, that removes children from war situations, and puts Ishmael in a home for rehabilitation. After detoxes from the drugs, Ishmael's behavior became more violent as he refuses to listen to the demands of the people in charge. From his behavior, one staff member responded with "It isn't your fault." Ishmael meets a nurse named Esther, from the Benin Home, who eventually begins to earn Ishmael's trust. I chose this chapter because of the emotional bond with the Walkman and the cassette tapes and how it impacts Ishmael's life. The importance's of this scene is that Ishmael could finally be honest and truthful to only Nurse Esther because "if I told her some of the gruesome truth of my war years she would be afraid of me and would cease asking questions." from page 155 and now regrets not telling her before her disappearing.

Storyboard Text

  • Alhaji said you want to see me.
  • Why did you get me this Walkman and cassette if we are not friends? And how did you know that I like rap music?
  • Please sit down.
  • I have to examine you while you listen to the music.
  • It's like that, and that the way it is...
  • How did you get these scars?
  • Bullet wounds
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