A Long Way Gone

hw help: chpt 21, pg209: The civil war reaches Freetown. After the death of beahs uncle, he writes, "i have to try to get out, I thought,& if that doesn't work, then its back to the army." Does this surprise you? explain

Please help me! Its on chapter 21; page 209 (the quote)

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The loss of Uncle Tommy marks the moment Beah decides he must leave Sierra Leone for good. He knows he cannot care for his family, and he is afraid he will end up in the military, committing the atrocities he has been redeemed from, all over again. Only Laura Simms offers him a lifeline: a new home in New York City, far from the violence and political upheaval of his homeland.