Link: Loving Child Soldiers Back Into Society [Ode]
One of the most horrific effects of war in Africa in the past decade or so has been the use of child soldiers. Despite the criticism that the book has received, I still absolutely recommend that you read Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah if you would like to read an autobiographical account of a child soldier from Sierra Leone.
Today’s post is about former child soldiers from Liberia and the changes they have made since the end of the war in 2003.
Child soldier fighting for Charles Taylor's government [source]
I came across this brilliant website today: guardiansofthefuture.org. According to their front page, Future Generation Guardianship refers to the notion that:
“People who live today have the sacred right and obligation to protect the commonwealth of the Earth and the common health of people and all our relations for many generations to come.
Future Generation Guardianship is one way to do that. It is a new twist on an ancient idea” - guardiansofthefuture.org
The Future Generation Guardians are a handful of former child soldiers that have worked hard over the past six years to rebuild their lives, resume their education and move away from the life of violence, drugs and alcohol that they experienced as child soldiers. They want to talk about what happened to them, build and heal meaningful relationships, help rebuild Liberian society and be of service to their community.
Do visit the touching section featuring stories and photos taken by the children themselves. More photos can be found at the site futureguardiansofpeace.org which also features a section on how you can get involved and help these young people to reform and grow into contributing members of a developing society.