A Long Way Gone

Chapter Three Discussion Questions

The RUF send a warning. How do they do it?



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The RUF sent messengers. These messengers brought very clear warnings. One messenger arrives with all of his fingers except for his thumbs cut off - a mutilation called “one love” by the rebels in mockery of the Sierra Leonean custom of raising a thumb and saying “one love” in imitation of reggae music culture. This same messenger has the initials RUF carved into his body to mark him as belonging to the rebels (the “Revolutionary United Front”).