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12/04/2014

Growing up in war - the DRC's child soldiers

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Source : IRIN News

 

 

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Growing up in war - the DRC's child soldiers

IRIN News

 

“I stole my first gun, when I was 10. It was a flintlock. By the time I became a captain at 14, I had many guns. I led 50 people, both children and adults. There were about 30 children in the unit. The youngest was 10,” Muamba, now 17, told IRIN.

 

 When IRIN met him at one of the “half-way houses” for former child soldiers in the town of Kiwanja in Rutshuru Territory, Muamba was enjoying his first month of “comfort” in a basic brick and mortar house after a decade of bush living.

“I am still angry with my uncle. Those 10 years feel like a waste of a life,” he said. “It was very difficult. There was no school. I had only completed two years of schooling [before being forced into child soldiering].”

 

 

=> Direct link to the article here: http://www.irinnews.org/report/99869/growing-up-in-war-the-drc-s-child-soldiers

 

 

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