November 19, 2013
Charlie is 14, and he likes to go to school.
It sounds like a simple story, but it isn’t. For one thing, his real name isn’t “Charlie.” In his own language, his real name means “war.” Charlie was born in a war. Where he lives, in a camp for people displaced from their homes by the conflict, he is surrounded by war still. According to Charlie:
“It all started when my dad was killed by an armed group. This is when my mum became a widow. Soon after that, the armed group came to our village and so we had to flee quickly in the fighting. I got lost from my mum as we ran, and that’s when the armed group took me. They took me and one other boy, and they took us deep into the forest and made us cook, wash clothes and carry loads for them. I was six […]