A Long Way Gone

Explain what happened to Gasemu


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The rebels give chase into the night, only giving up once the moon sets and a heavy rain falls, obscuring their prey’s trail. Once they lose their pursuers, Gasemu falls to the ground and begins sobbing. Beah feels frightened at the sight of a grown man crying. The boys pick Gasemu up and discover that he had been shot in the leg and side by the rebels during their chase. The boys try to stanch the flow of blood while Gasemu gives them directions to a wahlee (coffee processing place) and shows them the right path to take through the forest. Past midday, Gasemu asks to be set down on the ground; he falls prone and dies. The boys carry Gasemu’s body to the wahlee and lay him at rest.