Child Soldier

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  • Hey! I just read this book called Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. Have you heard of it?
  • I haven't. What's it about? It sounds kind of sad.
  • It's about a young boy, named Michael, from Congo. He had a pretty good family life, but was unaware of the bad things happening in his country.
  • Bad things? I wonder what was going on?
  • Michael must have been so scared! Why would people do this to children?
  • One day, he was playing soccer after school, and some men from a rebel militia kidnapped him and his friends.They were taken to a remote location and trained as killers.
  • It gets worse for him, if you can believe it. He was forced to kill his best friend. He was never the same after that. He was later told he had to raid a village, but he just couldn't do it.  Knowing he was a fast runner, he took off.
  • That poor little boy. It breaks my heart that he is being made to do these terrible things, but I'm glad he was able to run away. I hope he got away?!
  • He did. He ran and ran until he got to the village market where his mother worked. His family was so happy to see him, but he wasn't the same boy anymore.The war changed him. His father did his best to help him, but MIchael got in trouble a lot after coming home. He had a very hard time.
  • I'm glad he made it home, but I know how it can be when things happen that make you think about everything differently. Was his life ever the same?
  • Yes and no. His father ended up going to prison and passed away. A little later, after being in a refugee camp with his mother and one of his sisters, they came to Canada. Now, he spends his time sharing his message of hope and educating people of the very real terror of using children in war.
  • What a beautiful tribute to his father to use his experience to touch the lives of others. I'm left speechless thinking of what he went through and knowing that this is still happening in the world. I wish more stories ended like Michael's, but I know they often times don't.
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