“Over the last decade more than 6 million people have died, and nearly 1,500 people continue to lose their lives daily. Sexual violence is more rampant here than anywhere else in the world, and thousands of children are involved in the war. Why?”
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“Many of us have heard the stories of child-soldiers. Stories such as A Long Way Gone have granted us glimpses into their tortured lives.
I had heard.known.cared. I had even reacted and raged. But when these boys told me of the whistleblowers, the horror grew feet and walked within me.
Captured by Nkunda’s rebel army, some boys not big enough to hold a gun were given merely a whistle and put on the front lines of battle.
Their sole duty was to make enough noise to scare the enemy and then to receive — with their bodies — the first round of bullets. Lines of boy s fell as nothing more than a temporary barricade…
With falling whistles, their only choice was to feign death… or face it.”
(Source: Falling Whistles)