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A Long Way Gone Character Quiz

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Ishmael Beah
-narrator
- on the run from rebels alone or with groups of boys
- at 13 is forced to become a government soldier
- rehab-ed by UNICEF
Junior
- Ishmael Beah's older brother
- Junior is protective of Beah, as he has been for all of the younger boy's life
- Beah is separated from Junior during a rebel attack on Kamator and never sees his older brother again
Mende
A group of native people living in Sierra Leone, West Africa
Musa
- Musa is a Mende boy who was in Mattru Jong when the rebels attacked
- Musa and his father were separated from his mother during the attack. Musa's father ordered him to stay where he was until he could return with his wife; as soon as Musa's father returned to the village, the attack grew in intensity and Musa was forced to run away
- He is one of the six boys
- Musa is the storyteller of the group
- Musa dies
Temne
African tribe in northern Sierra Leone
Alhaji
- Alhaji is a Temne boy who was at the river fetching water when the rebels attacked his village
- He returned home to find his family, but all he was able to find was an empty house
- Alhaji is one of the six boys
- He remains a close friend of Beah's even as they are rescued together by UNICEF
Kanei
- Mende boy fled his village when attacked by rebels
- 2 sisters and 3 brothers were lost in chaos, separated from parents when their boat capsizes
- Kanei is one of the six boys
Jumah
- Jumah is a Mende boy whose house was destroyed by an RPG during the RUF attack on his village
- He runs toward the wharf to find his parents, but cannot locate them. Along with Moriba they flee into the forest to find their hiding families, but end up lost
- Jumah is one of the six boys
Moriba
- Moriba is a Mende boy whose house was destroyed by an RPG during the RUF attack on his village
- He runs toward the wharf to find his parents, but cannot locate them. Along with Jumah they flee into the forest to find their hiding families, but end up lost
- Moriba is one of the six boys
Saidu
- Saidu is a Temne boy whose family was unable to leave the village during the rebel attack.
- He and his family hide under their beds during the night of the attack. The next morning, rebels broke into the house and rape his three sisters. Because he is in the attic retreiving rice for his family at the time, Saidu is safe but is forced to hear the sounds of their suffering as the rebels assault them. The rebels then forced Saidu's parents to pack up and carry their belongings for the rebels depart, taking the sisters with them.
- Saidu is one of the six boys

- Later, Saidu "faints" when three white-clothed figures and and slips into a coma and then that night, Saidu dies.
Lieutenant Jabati
- Jabati is Ishmael Beah's commanding officer during his service in the Sierra Leone military
- Jabati is known for reading and quoting Shakespeare, particularly Julius Caesar
Corporal Gadafi
- Gadafi is the officer in charge of training the boy soldiers under Lieutenant Jabati
- He is tough on the boys, but seems motivated to harshness by a desire to see them survive the armed conflict
Mother
- Beah's mother loves her sons despite the divorce that has torn their family apart
- Beah recalls visits with his mother and brother Ibrahim, trips to the market, and her teaching him how to cook during his ordeal
- Maybe Dead?
Father
- Before the war, Beah has a complicated relationship with his father
- He is a carefree man, invested in the futures of his sons. However, a relationship with a new woman has soured the relationship with his Ishmael and Junior
- Still, Beah has fond memories of his father that he comfort him during his ordeal
- Maybe dead