Empowering Children of War to Become Leaders for Peace

Child Soldiering & Children in Armed Conflict

In Central and East Africa, armed forces and rebels have abducted
more than 100,000 children, some as young as seven years old.

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In Central and East Africa, armed forces and rebels have abducted more than 100,000 children. Children as young as 7 are kidnapped and forced to fight in rebel armies. Many are psychologically tortured and brainwashed — forced to commit atrocities against their own families and communities, forced to fight and to kill. Young girls are abducted and abused, becoming victims of rape and sexual violence.

If these children finally escape or are released, they are left with deep and lasting emotional scars from what they’ve seen and been forced to do. Many are unable to return home because they have lost all family members and/or because of stigmatization for atrocities they were forced to commit in their communities.

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our mission

Restoring rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war to become leaders for peace through art therapy and holistic, rehabilitative care.

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Action

Restoring hope and empowering survivors through comprehensive rehabilitation programs, equipping local leaders and counselors to provide quality care programs, and providing a sponsorship program for children orphaned and abandoned by war.

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Advocacy

Amplifying the voices of war-affected children. We are committed to raising awareness of war-affected children, child soldiering, and those oppressed in Africa by sharing their drawings, letters, and stories with national and international government representatives.

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Awareness

Raising awareness of the wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda — wars that have oppressed millions. By introducing new audiences to the effects of these conflicts, we inspire action and promote involvement that will restore and empower war-affected children.

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Our Mission Does Not Stop at Rehabilitation

Youth in EI’s care programs are not only healing their wounds, they are being educated and empowered through leadership development programs. Why? Because these youth, these survivors, should every opportunity excel.

Through this — graduates have been empowered to become leaders. Today, graduates include university students, business owners, and community leaders.

No longer constrained by the traumas of their past — they are becoming the leaders who will heal and transform communities.

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Book | The Color of Grace

by Exile International’s founder, Bethany Haley Williams, Ph.D.

“The Color of Grace shares my own journey through depression, trauma and disappointment and how God used my healing process to lead me into the lives of rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war. It was by meeting these children, and my eyes being opened to the evil they had experienced, that my spiritual journey was turned upside down.”

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Exile International is a 501(c)(3) faith-based, nonprofit organization. Our work is made possible through the financial contributions of individuals, churches, businesses and foundations. Join us and be a part restoring lives!

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