child soldiers: Lucky


The rebels dragged him along - beating him - and discussed how best to kill him.

But John was lucky. An LRA superior decided to keep him alive, because he was well educated and an experienced soldier.

“I could only think about running away again. But now they didn’t trust me and they watched me all the time.”

A few months later he was lucky again. During a battle he was shot in the hip. The rebels left him behind. Now he is back at Gusco again, with the leg in plaster.

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