A soldier at 9 years old
My name is Joshua, and I’m 18 years old. I was 9 years old when I was recruited by a rebel army. They gave me a gun and dressed me in their uniform.
After training for two months, I was sent to fight. I did terrible, violent things – terrorizing and killing innocent people. I was traumatized and lost the will to live. I served in this army for one year and four months.
A flee to freedom
One night I escaped during an attack. I ran to a safe place. Someone found me and brought me to Exile International. When I arrived there, my hope to live was restored.
Participating in many trauma healing programs and counseling has helped me so much. I am in good spirits and recovering! Already I have returned to school, and I dream of becoming a doctor!
I thank God for Exile International. May God bless you!