When Ishmael and his friends visited Freetown for the first time, it was such a different place than they were used to. The boys were in awe. Ishmael and his friends had never seen such tall buildings, all of the different shops of the city, vendors, and busy people in such a hurry. People in the city were living without acknowledging the war going on in the villages of their country. Beah says, "People were hurriedly going about their daily life lives as if nothing was happening in the country." (pg 146).
I believe that people are guilty of ignoring, at one time or another, the issues in their own country. This is important because there are things that people could do to help solve the issues, but don't. Although there is not a war going on in our country, there are plenty of issues that are present in our country, even worldwide, that we don't acknowledge. I think we as people, like to block out reality and only face the issues we must, for fear of running across real world problems.
|Mogbwemo, Ishmael's hometown|