Ishmael Beah

Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them.

– Ishmael Beah 212-966-4136

born in Sierra Leone,  November 23, 1980

gender: male

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York. In 2004 he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in political science.

He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and many other NGO panels on children affected by the war. His work has appeared in VespertinePress and LIT magazine. He lives in New York City.…

19 thoughts on “Ishmael Beah

  1. November 23, 1980: Happy 33rd birthday, Ishmael Beah! His memoir, A Long Way Gone, tells of his boyhood as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. He is now at work on a novel, due out next year, that explores the aftermath of civil war.

  2. Very talented young man to speak about shooting stars or meteor showers and wishes. Glad he got out of Sierra Leone.

  3. Wow, what words! Bless him for helping the children.

  4. Beautiful words from his heart… Glad he got education and is taking the big responsibility.

  5. Missing you. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Ela! Perpetua.

  6. Powerful and inspiring! Thank you.

  7. Always thinking of you…

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