A Long Way Gone

What happens upon the arrival of children at the rehabilitation center in Freetown?


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After several hours, the boys are unloaded in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown. They are taken to a fenced compound and assigned beds. The UNICEF workers attempt to feed and clothe them, but the boys are uninterested in what the workers have to offer. Another group joins the boys and a fight breaks out as they attempt to learn whether each group has fought for the state or the RUF. Beah alters a hand-to-and fight to a standoff when he pulls out his grenade and threatens to throw it at the second group of boys unless they answer their questions.