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The article aims to observe the process of becoming a perpetrator of international crimes by applying the Ishmael Beah’s autobiographical book “A Long Way Gone”. In order to achieve the proposed task, the paper will analyse such notions as the preparation phase, initiation phase, first killing as well as habituation phase in order to follow the processes that transform the protagonist in a perpetrator. However, it is important to note that although the chosen character can be described as a child soldier, for the purpose of this study he will be observed and analysed as a “perpetrator”.


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  • Alternative title
    • “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah; Becoming a Perpetrator?

  • Journal title
    • International Journal of Security Studies

  • Volume
    • 2

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Keywords
  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      I would like to thank professor Maartje Weerdesteijn for her incredible course titled "ATROCITY ACTORS: Perpetrators, Bystanders and Victims" (Vrije University Amsterdam). Her insight and knowledge have acted as an inspiration for the proposed article.