The Child Soldier: Our Writing
Giving Voice to Youth Affected by War


Commandant "Cut Head"
by Morray Amara Lahai
age 20, Government Technical Institute,
Freetown, Sierra Leone

A child soldier is is usually captured by rebels in Africa or by
groups of war men when attacking a particular village or town
in a country. This, the rebels and their leaders of Sierra
Leone had done for the past ten years.

One day I went to Kenema district in a village called
Dodo. Unfortunately as I arrived at the village that night
the RUF rebel attacked the village. For my first time I saw some
a child soldiers leading the attack to the town. One of the
child soldiers was called 'commandant cut head' .

The war impact their lives by means of lack of education and they
behave arrogantly and involve in thieving and the chopping of
people's heads, cutting of people's feet just like wild animal .
They have no control, and listen to no one's voice unless they
finish their operation. So for that matter they are supposed to
train a skill before they are fit to join the community .

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