How child soldiers can adapt to life after war


By Peter Aldhous (Image: Carlos Mulha/PANOS) “MY SQUAD was my family, my gun was my provider and protector and my rule was to kill or be killed… I felt no pity for anyone. My childhood had gone by without my knowing, and it seemed as if my heart had frozen.” So wrote Ishmael Beah, a boy soldier conscripted into the Sierra Leone army to fight against the rebel Revolutionary United Front, in his memoir A Long Way Gone. By the time he was rescued in 1996, Beah was high on drugs, pumped up on a diet of war movies,
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