Making a Child Soldier

Author: Dave Donelson
Book: Heart of Diamonds: A Novel of Scandal, Love and Death in the Congo

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This passage from Heart of Diamonds is the story of how a child is turned into a soldier. There have been child warriors ever since adults figured out they were cheap, expendable, and made good human shields. With modern weaponry, a four-year-old with an AK-47 is a deadly tool. In the Congo, children are recruited, kidnapped, and forced to serve as soldiers, sex slaves, and cannon fodder.

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