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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Former child soldier helps to free teen fighters in central Africa

 

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Former child soldier helps to free teen fighters in central Africa

Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone and a UNICEF advocate, discusses efforts to free 10 children fighting for rebels in the Central African Republic, where more than 2,500 boys and girls are believed to be working for armed groups, including the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army. Beah also discusses the transition facing teenage fighters. "You had this power of the weapon -- some of them were lieutenants -- and all of a sudden you're just a child again, trying to figure out what to do with your life," he says. Inter Press Service (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story



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