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Child Soldiers Trade Guns for Books

Ed Thomas | BBC   in  ·
January 30, 2015

Around 300 child rebel soldiers in South Sudan sit proudly with their uniforms and rifles as they listen to their commander speak.

There is a sense of excitement because soon they will be released into the care of the United Nations.

“I haven’t seen my mother and father since last summer,” says Silva, one of the youngest there – aged 11.

All the identities of the children are being protected at the official ceremony to mark their release after years of war – so Silva is not his real name.

“I’ve seen many people killed when I was…


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