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Arthur: From Child Soldier to Ambassador for Christ

Horrors of War

Arthur has faced the horrors of war from an incredibly young age. He grew up in DR Congo. As a little boy, he lost both his mom and dad due to the rebel conflict in their region.

 

 

Then, at only seven years old, he was taken to be a soldier in a rebel militia. For a year, Arthur was under the command of a captain in the rebel militia, serving as his personal guard.

“I experienced several difficulties – looting, rape, combat, hard labor, whipping, and no shelter. All of this traumatized me.”

 

Rescue and Healing

After a year with the rebels, Arthur was rescued. He went through a brief demobilization program and then reunited with some of his surviving family members. Sadly, this was not a safe place to call home. His family, like many in DRC, stigmatized him due to being a former child soldier. Arthur struggled with this and lost hope for living. He began to wander aimlessly.

When Arthur was 11 years old, Exile’s team in Congo connected with him. We welcomed him into our rehabilitative care program and our Peace Lives Center. Through art-focused trauma care, discipleship, education, mentorship, and leadership development, Arthur has found love and healing for his wounds of war.

 

Becoming an Ambassador for Christ

When he joined our program, Arthur was a Muslim. Through his time with Exile, he came to know Jesus! He has been baptized and is a part of the local church. Once a rescued child soldier, now a leader for peace and ambassador for Christ!

“I praise my God because He saved me. Currently, I preach peace through expressive drama. Long live Exile International!” -Arthur

 

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