(The Guardian) – Ishmael Beah listens intently as the group of boys sitting in a semi-circle talk about their experiences. “I had to carry a lot of ammunition and we had to walk barefoot. But I had a gun and I participated in battles,” says one. “I watched as my sister and mother were killed,” says another. “We were in the bush, we had no food, we were dying. I went with the fighters because I had no one to care for me and I wanted to help my people.”