By Christian Kilundu [from World Vision—A CLC member]
He was in primary school when he first met the rebels. They arrived and promised big salaries. The poverty and insecurity the children lived in could be escaped, they swore.
Of course, once inside the rebel group, life wasn’t as it was promised.
In the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), rebels continue to recruit children into their fighting parties as a war continues to unfold against the country’s army. In the 15 years of fighting, an estimated 5 million people have been killed, and more than 1.7 million have fled the area.
Boys who are not yet teenagers have been lured into the rebel groups and are used to carry ammunition, food and other supplies before graduating to other activities.
Below, one child recounts his experience inside the rebel armies and his attempt to return to a normal childhood.
“I am Dragon Mike*, I am 17 years old and a former child soldier. Read more