The world watched as Liberian kids as young as 10 years old were exploited as armed combatants. Under threat of death, they committed terrible acts of violence against the Liberian society. Many turned to substance abuse to cope with their experiences. In partnership with IDEFOC, our program named Botanical Reintegration Village aims to provide groups of former child soldiers a three-month program to help them recover from their trauma and obtain the skills necessary for social reintegration.
Our programme management partner in Liberia was recently interviewed by BBC on his time as a child soldier and on his work with providing education for other former child soldiers, giving back to the community. Morris describes how his dreams and his future was left behind when he was recruited as a child soldier from the age of 11 to the age of 20. He further explains how former child soldiers have difficulties in the upbringing of their children and how some are involved in crime and drugs. Hence, Morris wants to contribute to the community and help these people by offering school training to almost 300 children.
To see the whole interview, please navigate to the link below.
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