A Long Way Gone

Laura Simms Character Analysis

A workshop leader at the United Nations for former child soldiers who coaches them on the telling their stories. When Beah comes to the UN to make a speech about child soldiers, he meets and becomes close with Simms. When, later, Beah is living in Freetown and it is attacked, she promises to take Beah in once he gets out of the country.

Laura Simms Quotes in A Long Way Gone

The A Long Way Gone quotes below are all either spoken by Laura Simms or refer to Laura Simms. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Strauss and Giroux edition of A Long Way Gone published in 2007.
Chapter 20 Quotes

At the end of these long discussions our faces and eyes glittered with hope and the promise of happiness. It seemed we were transforming our suffering as we talked about ways to solve their causes and let them be known to the world.

Related Characters: Ishmael Beah (speaker), Laura Simms, Bah, Dr. Tamba
Page Number: 198
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I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I’ve come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge, then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end.

Related Characters: Ishmael Beah (speaker), Laura Simms, Bah, Dr. Tamba
Page Number: 199
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Laura Simms Character Timeline in A Long Way Gone

The timeline below shows where the character Laura Simms appears in A Long Way Gone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20
Children in War Theme Icon
The Horror of War Theme Icon
Companionship, Hope, and the Self Theme Icon
Guilt and Responsibility Theme Icon
Beah also meets Laura Simms , a woman who works at the United Nations. She promises the children that in... (full context)
Children in War Theme Icon
The Horror of War Theme Icon
Companionship, Hope, and the Self Theme Icon
Guilt and Responsibility Theme Icon
Laura Simms accompanies Beah, Bah, and Dr. Tamba back to the airport. The mood in the car... (full context)
Chapter 21
Children in War Theme Icon
The Horror of War Theme Icon
Companionship, Hope, and the Self Theme Icon
Guilt and Responsibility Theme Icon
...dies. Understanding there is little left for him in Sierra Leone, Beah manages to call Laura Simms to ask her if he can move to New York. She says yes. But to... (full context)