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"As we were about to leave, an open Land Rover roared up and armed men jumped off before it came to a halt. They ran into the crowd of civilians, firing a warning shot. Over a megaphone the commander ordered everyone to put down their bags of food, put their hands behind their heads, and lie flat, facing the ground. A woman in the crowd panicked and decided to run. An armed man in a red headband shot her in the head. She screamed and fell, loudly hitting the stony ground. This caused more panic, and everyone scattered in different directions. We grabbed our goods and ran crouching. This was beginning to be too familiar. While we were running away from the area, another Land Rover full of more armed men arrived, and they began firing and knocking people’s heads with the butts of their guns. We hid behind a wall separating the marketplace and the main street, then kept to a fast but cautious path behind the houses off the bay. Almost at the end of the bay, where the tide slammed a sunken boat, we jumped on the main street with our goods tucked under our arms and began the final walk home. We were approaching the Cotton Tree at the center of town when we saw a group of protesters run by, holding posters that read STOP THE KILLING and the like. They wore white shirts and their heads were tied with white cloths. We tried to ignore them, but as we turned a corner to continue home, a group of armed men, half in civilian and half in military clothing, ran toward us, firing into the crowd. There was no way to break from the crowd, so we joined them. The armed men began tossing tear gas. Civilians began to vomit on the sidewalks and bleed through their noses. Everyone started running toward Kissy Street. It was impossible to breathe. I put my hand over my nose, which felt as if it had been dipped in hot spices. I held tight to the bag of food and ran with Mohamed, trying not to lose him in the crowd. " (page 204) I choose this scene because the way it affected Ishmael. This affected him by making him feel what the people who he did this too when he was younger feel like. This is like the saying "The tables have turned." because he was in the army torturing people now he is the one getting tortured. This affects the plot because while this keeps going it makes Ishmael want to leave everything behind and go back to NYC to Ms.Laura.

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  • This is the AFRC!!!!!
  • Ishmael and Mohamed sneak out to buy some food
  • The boys buy food from the markets of Freetown
  • The army roam the streets of Freetown firing at innocent citizens
  • The boys start running away
  • This puts Ishmael and Mohamad in a familiar situation 
  • The boys make it home safely and Uncle Tommy sitting on the verandah waiting frantically. This continues on for several months
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