West Africa Exhibit

Welcome to the 2008-2009 Diversity Fellows' West Africa Exhibit Online!

The Inspiration Behind This Display

Ishmael Beah is the author of "A Long Way Gone," which was the campus reader project this year. He is a native of Sierra Leone, who at the age of 12 tragically lost his entire family at the hands of a brutal civil war. He was enlisted as a child soldier and was forced to not only witness but commit horrific crimes, at the risk of losing his own life. The book tells the true account of his childhood, what he went through and the miraculous recovery that followed. He now travels across the globe sharing his message of peace and hope for victimized children. On March 12, he came and spoke to the IUPUI campus. His speech was absolutely inspiring and focused on the reasons why he wanted to write "A Long Way Gone," and what has happened since it was published. You can watch the videofeed of the lecture here.

If you have any feedback or suggestions you can reach the Diversity Fellows at their joint email address,


Last updated by on 04/24/2009