‘Michael D, one of the former soldiers, who is currently living in Berlin states: “We were mostly deployed for attacks. We were often the first to be sent into combat and had to dodge the flurry of bullets.”
Since he was a young boy, he was forced to become a soldier in his native country, Sierra Leone, where he was fighting against rebel groups for five years. During the period of 1991 till 2001 of civil war in West African country, thousands of kids were forced into war along with Michael.
During commemoration of Red Hand Day, Michael shared his story, “The children were lured away from their parents or kidnapped from school. We were made compliant with drugs and alcohol.”
Michael was lucky enough to escape; he fled to Germany and got to the country 13 years ago. Now he lives in Bremen and his aim is to fight against the abuse of children and engaging them in military activity.’