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The story takes place in the African Country, Sierra Leone, in 1993. Ishmael and his family are living in a small village 16 miles from Mattru Jong named Mogbwemo. When Ishmael flees the rebels, he travels through the lush jungles throughout the country. He eventually ends up in Sierra Leone’s Capital, Freetown, by 1997. He travels to New York City in 1998.

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