TVO's Allan Gregg interviews "Blood Diamond" child soldier Ishmael Beah on Allan Gregg in Conversation



    Friday May 4, 2007 at 10 pm (new time!)

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - Blood Diamond, the Oscar-nominated film
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, brought widespread attention to the plight of
child soldiers. Airing in its new Friday 10 pm timeslot, Allan Gregg in
Conversation adds further understanding to the harrowing journeys of child
soldiers, their rehabilitation and reconciliation with the past, through an
interview with former child soldier Ishmael Beah on Friday May 4, 2007 at 10
pm on TVO.
    A leading voice exposing this brutal practice, Ishmael Beah recounts his
horrifying experiences in his recently published book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs
of a Child Soldier, which he hopes will become a powerful advocate for
children. In 1993, after his family was massacred during Sierra Leone's civil
war, 13-year-old Ishmael Beah was forced to become a child soldier for the
government army. His childhood ripped away from him, Beah became a predator,
ruthlessly killing "too many people to count," and hardening himself through
violent movies, drugs and amphetamines.
    His harrowing experiences parallel those of scores of children currently
forced to take up arms in conflicts around the world. For many, including
Beah, the path to recovery was the most difficult part. Taken out of the army
three years later by UNICEF workers, Beah reveals how he rediscovered humanity
and talks of his life today in New York City, where he works for Human Rights
Watch.
    Allan Gregg in Conversation features host Allan Gregg in intelligent,
in-depth discussion with some of the world's most foremost thinkers on social,
cultural, political and economic issues. These conversations provide viewers a
unique opportunity to better understand the forces that shape us as Canadians,
and as citizens of the world.

    Ishmael Beah on Allan Gregg in Conversation
    Friday May 4, 2007 at 10 pm
    Repeated Saturday May 5 at 6 pm and Sunday May 6 at 11:45 pm

    About TVO
    As Ontario's public educational media organization, TVO creates safe,
enriching and fun learning experiences for children, offers support to their
parents, and encourages active citizenship through a range of media platforms
that allow for interaction and participation in our province. For information,
visit tvo.org.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
ext. 2305, agarde@tvontario.org


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