I've always been really interested in Africa. Maybe it was The Lion King or some National Geographic documentary I watched when I was a child, or maybe it was the foreign-ness of it, but for whatever reason, Africa has always really intrigued me. That's one of the reasons I decided to take a year off from college in 2005 to go to Kenya and be an assistant dean. It was a life-changing experience that ended up with me becoming a teacher, and ultimately, sitting here in my office in TAPA, where I write this post right now. And even though I haven't been back since I left in May of 2006, I've always felt like I left a little of my heart there.
The first time I'd heard of Ishmael Beah's story, I was living in Nebraska, watching the Daily Show, when my mind was blown by the life of this amazing kid. Check this out:
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
This might be one of the only serious interview I've ever seen Jon Stewart do, and that did it for me. I went to the bookstore, bought A long way gone, and devoured it in no time flat. I don't know how many times I was nearly pushed to tears. It's been 5 years since I read it, but I can't forget the feeling I had towards this book. I'd heartily recommend you try to get a hold of a copy!