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Unformatted text preview: Their hunger drives Ishmael's group to chase down a child they find eating ears of corn. It wasn't an orchestrated attack but rather an instinctual assault. Later, the boy's mother brings Ishmael and his friends more corn, but Ishmael writes that there was no room for remorse in such desperation. Their hunger also forces them to return to Mattru Jong even though they know it's a dangerous move. On the way, they are captured by the rebels and forced at gunpoint to join a larger group of refugees. The rebels taunt and torture an old man and force Ishmael's group to watch and to laugh. Ishmael is shocked because, before the war, no one of his age would dare disrespect an elder like that; war has negated the social norms. The rebels divide the group, separating Ishmael and Junior, and tell them their initiation will be to kill each other. Then, they march them to a riverbank and force them to their will be to kill each other....
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- Fall '08