After travelling for some time with the new group of boys, they arrive to the coast of the Atlantic ocean. At this time, the war was affecting the citizens and everyone was intimidated by groups of young boys, as they could be soldiers. This paranoia led to Ishmael and his friends being captured and interrogated in one of the villages they encountered. They were going to be killed, or seriously injured, but they managed to convince the village chief that they were innocent boys because of the rap music tape Ishmael had been carrying with him. Once the villagers had realized they were innocent, they let them go. Ishmael and the group encountered many dangerous situations like this while they were travelling together, but this one is important because of two main things. First, Ishmael had been carrying the rap music tapes with him all that way for a reason. He had special childhood memories listening to the music, and he always talked about how much he enjoyed listening to the strange lyrics. Throughout the entire book, all the way to when he would get to rehabilitation, he had a love and interest for music and rap. They became a part of who he is and whats important to him. Second, at this moment, it seems that Ishmael had a realization of how far he really was from home. He had been on the run for so long, with no plan of where he was going next, and he understood his life would never be the same. There was no chance he could return to his old life after the war ended. In this moment he wrote, "This time we were a long was from Mattu Jong. A long way gone." (pg 65) "A long way gone" is also the title of the book, so I think this was a considerably significant part of the story.