Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War (CitizenKid)
Across the world, children are often used in war. Child Soldier addresses this heart-wrenching subject. In a graphic-novel format, co-author Michel Chikwanine tells his story; he was one of those children. The story and illustrations are sensitive to a young reader.
The tale begins in Michel’s village where he attends school, plays soccer, and frequently stands up for what he believes in. He is five when rebels abduct him from the playground and make him do horrific things. Ignoring their threats, he escapes when the rebels send children on a mission to wipe out a village. He runs for three days to ensure he is safe. He then walks in secret hoping to find someone who can help. Missing for nine days, he comes upon his village. The story continues, showing how the incident changed his life forever.
The afterword includes more about Michel’s story, details of how the world is responding to this issue, and what a child can do to help. This makes a great story for the classroom or home where the subject can be discussed.
Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys, Claudia Davila, Illustrator
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