1. Describe Ismael’s family. Who does he live with? At the start of the novel he leaves his hometown. Why and who does he travel with?
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Ishmael lives with both his father and his mother (His parents are divorced). He has a younger brother Ibrahim. Beah and his brother and friends remain in Mattru Jong longer than anticipated due to the lack of news of their families and the continued violence. Rumors abound that the rebels are planning to attack Mattru Jong; the boys decide to leave before they get killed or are forced to become child soldiers.