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‘Boy soldier’ shares childhood stories

From a background of war and torture, Ishmael Beah brought a message of hope and humanization to a crowd of almost 500 riveted listeners Thursday evening.

"Hope is a form of strength," he assured the audience in the Student Center Ballroom. "When you dehumanize somebody else, you reverse, and you dehumanize yourself."



The beaming 27-year-old Sierra Leone native with a stunning smile and earnest mien made a startling contrast to the tales he told of his life as a child soldier, killing and torturing rebels to ward off being killed and tortured himself.

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