A Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone ; Chapter 16 : describe the children's initial response to rehabilitation. Give the chance, would you work with children in this rehabilitative setting? Why or why not?

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Beah becomes frustrated at UNICEF’s Benin Home. “It was infuriating to be told what to do by civilians,” he says, adding “A few days earlier, we could have decided whether they would live or die.” The dramatic contrast between his place in a military structure and his new life is irreconcilable. On the whole, the boys keep up an air of indifference to the medical and relief workers who attempt to care for them. They suffer drug withdrawals that lead them to steal medicine from the infirmary and reduce them to powder, but the drugs do not have the desired effect. The boys’ violence is barely contained, sometimes spilling out into the neighborhood and often directed by the boys against one another. I don't specialize in treating this type of trauma. I would not begin to be able to understand what these boys have been through. I think it would take experts with patients and knowledge to help them.