Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Journal 5 by Ben

The first one that  would pick is probably where they first got to the camp with the UNICEF. They were given the bowls of rice and scarfed it down before the man was back with his. The other group did the exact same thing. The to group were weary of each other at first but came around when they found out that they were on the same team. I just thought that this part was an opening to the rest of the major events of the section. The second would have to be when they beat up Poppy to get new mattresses that they ruined in the first place. I don't blame him for turning them down, but they savagely beat him up anyway. I find it funny how a few days later when they were eating, Poppy comes up to them at lunchtime and almost mocks them about how it isn't their fault that they did that.

Ismael has gone through a big transformation. Early on in the book, he was petrified by the sight of blood and death. Now in these later chapters, he is causing the blood and death. it seems like he is enjoying it as well. I just think back to the very first chapter to the woman and young child that was shot through the back. He saw that, and was horrified. Now I can't help but wonder what he would think about it now. I had this friend growing up probably elementary through our sophomore years. He started drinking. It was slow at first but then blossomed into an everyday occurrence to the point where he would show up to school drunk. we tried to help he, but and person can only be helped so much. One day he got into a horrible car wreck. Drunk of course. Killed the family of three in the other car. Injured himself badly. He was treated and is currently in jail for underage drinking and driving. I think the biggest thing was obviously the alcohol that sent him into a downward trajectory.  


  1. wow!!! Thats horrible!!! I'm sorry you had to watch your friend go down such a life changing rough path. Its sad how one persons addiction and bad decision making can change a lot of peoples lives forever. Not only their life but also his life and he has to live with that sadness for the rest of his life.

  2. It's so mind blowing how addiction can start at a young age. The fact that you and your friends tried to help him shows how amazing you are as a person. While what happened to that family is a tragic occurence and easily could of been prevented, it's better that your friend is in jail and not on the streets continuously risking the lives of others.

  3. I am so sorry you had to deal with that. I can only imagine how hard it could have been to try and get through to a person who just would not listen, it is awesome that you tried and put an effort into it.


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