A Long Way Gone

Chapter Eleven: Why does Beah take his anger out on Gasemu? Does Gasemu deserve it all? What significance of this shift in Beah’s demeanor?


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Beah concludes that if Gasemu had not delayed them, he would have seen his family. He attacks Gasemu, eventually striking him with a pestle. The other boys hold Beah back again; Beah’s anger infects them and they turn on one another, some blaming Gasemu for their not rejoining their parents, while others defend Gasemu as innocent of any intentional harm. Gasemu intervenes to stop the fighting, insisiting that “None of this is anyone’s fault.”