Feedback about Childsoldiers.org
Below is some of the feedback that we've recieved about the ChildSoldiers project. If you'd like to send your own feedback click here
Dear Bill and Andrew,
I'm a 16 year-old boy from the UK and Ifound out about your site from the BBC here. I think that what you have done is inspirational, and I think that this website goes a long way to highlight what awful people there are in this world. I hope that all the children affected by war in this way are given the care and respect they deserve.
Tom Perry, United Kingdom
Dear Bill and Andrew,
Andrew how is life in Africa were do you live? And whom do you live with? Are you around many child Soldiers and why did you chose to do a child soldiers web site. I think it is a very good idea. How did you meet Bill and then did you both know about the child soldiers?
How long have you been living in Africa Andrew?
Please write back.
Claire, in Australia
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My name is Ivan Melvin Rogers. I am a former resident of Sierra Leone and I have just completed my story entitled "MY LIFE AS A CHILD SOLDIER IN SIERRA LEONE" which I want to publish.
Presently I'm in Banjul, Gambia looking for help to under go a surgical operation to remove a bullet from my chest that sustained during the January 6 incursion in Freetown.
I need the help of your organisation to recieve a medical treatment and to publish my book.
Ivan Melvil Rogers
Dear Bill and Andrew,
It was a thrill to see the "Child of Light" video on your wonderful website. Words cannot express how much it meant at this time. You both reaffirm my faith-and last Friday a wonderful engineer at Wallabee Inc. remixed the statement and it was aired for a World-Wide candlelight vigil on radio station wdas here in Philadelphia-also WHAT Radio. I am sharing the concept called "We hold The Light"! - A Global youth-initiative for peace and freedom. Also wanted to be sure to share with friends in Nigeria who will be departing on a Peace Caravan-and someday I want to forward the "Feast of Peace" video done here in Philadelphia with Liberian youth- (Legends of Peace published a little write up of Feast of Peace. It would be a wonderful school project for a Global Feast of Peace.
The idea for The Feast of Peace came from old Zulu legend-when the people grew so tired of war and decided to have a "Feast of Peace"- not really knowing how or what to do-they decided that they would get ready-and so they prepared for The Feast of Peace by making peace bowls, doing and planning a peace dance, erecting a peace stone and getting busy. By the time of the day arrived-they were no longer enemies. In preparing for the Feast of Peace-it was in reality declared. The wisdom of this Zulu legend is profound -- it means that we declare peace in our readiness and preparation for it. War is never declared by that first shot-or killing. It is the continuous preparation and movement of weaponry-etc. that makes war. Peace is declared in our readiness and preparation for it. Becuase of your web site- we are ready and we are doing it. In the light of this new day- it makes a powerful and bright light of hope-especially at this time
I believe that we declare peace in our readiness and preparation for it-That Peace does not arrive suddenly but is an ongoing collaborative and process-somehow God connects the dots-and we need only to believe in each other-in God and in peace. In West Africa- these days- I am finding my greatest hope and inspiration. Here in a place that has seen horrific suffering and isolation-here the people are coming together in new ways-laying down arms-lifting up hope and showing to the world that peace is very much possible.
All around me I hear and see the words of war-but somewhere in a faraway place- a few good people are playing my daughter's song and carrying the hopes and dreams of the children in Philadelphia-From our City to yours-my house to yours-we are one heartbeat of humanity. For Andrew and Bill, -know that your work is meaningful and that it has put me back on the path of peace with a full and grateful heart. May God Bless your wonderful students and may all of us learn from their spirit of optimism and hope.
Barbara Bodine, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
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