The Question and Answer section for A Long Way Gone is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Beah loses his childhood, innocence and sense of identity to the war. When he is finally rescued by UNICEF, Beah is a lost soul who known nothing but war and violence.
Drugs were often given to soldiers, including boys, to make them fearless in battle. Soldiers often became dependent on these drugs.
Most of the boys believe they are preparing for further drills, but Beah notices the adult soldiers gathering ammunition and supplies as well, and deduces that they are headed out to encounter the enemy.