ChildREN in War & Armed Conflict
Over 100,000 children abducted & 6 million orphaned by war in DR Congo & Uganda
Children as young as 7 are kidnapped and forced to fight in rebel armies. Psychologically tortured and brainwashed — children are enslaved, forced to fight and to kill.
Many are forced to participate in violence against their own families and communities. Still more are abducted and abused, becoming victims of rape and sexual violence.
Those fortunate enough to escape or be released are left with deep and enduring emotional scars from what they’ve seen and been forced to do. Many are unable to return home because they have either lost or been rejected by their families.
empowering rescued child soldiers & children orphaned by war to become leaders for peace through art-focused trauma care & holistic rehabilitation
Launched in response to devastating wars in Uganda and D.R. Congo — where more than 6 million children have been orphaned by war and 100,000 more have been abducted to become child soldiers. Exile International has provided life-changing, Christ-centered care to over 6,200 war-affected children. Exile International empowers war-affected children through holistic, rehabilitative care — Healing Spirits: art-focused trauma care, discipleship, peacebuilding. Healing Minds: education, leadership development. Healing Bodies: food, medical care, basic needs.
Utilizing the HOPE Initiative, a three-tier, curricula-based model of (1) art-focused trauma care and counseling, (2) peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and (3) leadership development — Exile empowers child survivors of war to become leaders who will transform communities for Christ.