When I came to live to the United States, one of the things that inspired me the most about the American way of life was the culture of volunteering. It seemed to me that everybody I met was volunteering for church, for their children’s school PTA, for a neighborhood association, for their alma mater, or for one of the many wonderful charitable organizations that exist in this country.
Ishmael Beah’s early childhood in Sierra Leone was a simple one filled with happy memories. During a recent visit to Atlanta, Ishmael recounted stories of playing impromptu, competitive soccer games with his father, brother and friends, and of crowding around the sole television in his village to watch music videos with his friends. Life was easy when he was young.