Forgot your password?  

While I Was Gone a War Began Summary
Ana Castillo

Everything you need to understand or teach While I Was Gone a War Began by Ana Castillo.

  • While I Was Gone a War Began Summary & Study Guide

While I Was Gone a War Began Summary

Introduction

On August 7, 1998, Al Qaeda operatives under the direction of Osama Bin Laden bombed two United States embassies in Africa. The truck bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, killed 213 people, injured approximately 4,000, and severely damaged the embassy. The other bombing, in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, killed twelve people and injured eighty-five others. Upon hearing about these bombings, Ana Castillo wrote the poem "While I Was Gone a War Began," and she notes in I Ask the Impossible (2001), the collection in which the poem appears, that the poem was originally written in 1998 in Chicago. The poem is thus a reaction to a specific (albeit unnamed within the poem) incident, but it addresses the violent state of the world in general.

Although Al Qaeda terrorist attacks against the United States have been numerous, the embassy bombings were the most notable until the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks in the United States on September...

(read more from the Study Guide)

Study Pack

The While I Was Gone a War Began Study Pack contains about 23 pages of study material in 4 products, including:

While I Was Gone a War Began Study Guide

Follow Us on Facebook
You might also be interested in: