Will He Ever Finish His Stupid Cherry Vile Prep (#6)
November 25, 2008
I tend to put childhood into three categories: horrible, awful, and not that bad, but still not that great.
Horrible ranges from group efforts, such as wars and concentration camps, to individual efforts.
For example, I will mention, Ishmael Beah. As summarized by National Public Radio:
[He] has written a memoir about his years as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Orphaned by the civil war there, he was carrying an AK-47 by the age of 12. Pumped up by drugs, he was forced to kill or be killed.
When he was 15, UNICEF took Beah to a rehabilitation center. He was eventually adopted by an American woman and brought to the United States, where he attended high school and graduated from Oberlin College.
His book is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.
Not only was he kidnapped and forced to fight in a war, but his suffering did not stop there. He was accused of falsifying his story by an Australian newspaper, and then sent to Oberlin College for his college education, a fate only David can appreciate properly.