Backtalk with Ismael Beah

in a world that is showing them violence at an age when they should be running around playing. People don’t speak very much about that, which has always sat badly with me.

How so?
In the United States, particularly, people aren’t willing to show certain things on television because people don’t want their kids to see those things. And that’s rightly so, they should be protected. But at the same time, a kid who lives in Iraq sees that every day. It’s not on the television for them, it is their reality. So I guess the issue is, if you don’t want that for your child, perhaps you shouldn’t let it happen to another kid somewhere.

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