By Charles London
Today, in violence-torn areas around the globe, 20 million youngsters were uprooted, orphaned, or injured via warfare, famine, and poverty. this is often their tale . . . and ours.
In this robust and unforgettable book—by turns painful, humorous, terrifying, and triumphant—Charles London takes us into the realm of refugee little ones, celebrating their distinctive talents for survival and mirrored image. Their striking tales and drawings sit back the blood and contact the guts, providing an indelible, first hand portrait of the warfare that rages past the headlines.
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Over the next year, thousands more follow. July 30, 2006: The first free elections since independence from colonial rule occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their outcome is immediately contested. Many of the children I met in the refugee camps in 2001 are now old enough to vote. Maps ONE “Innocent in the Ways of the World” Childhood and War It happened to Keto. He was sitting in school with his brother listening to the teacher recite their French lesson. Je m’appelle, tu t’appelle, il s’appelle….
How could it happen on a sunny day? “They put a knife on my neck,” she says, the little blonde. Picture her at eight years old, smiling and playing in the yard on a sunny day. They put a knife to her neck. “They wanted to rob us and they saw my mother’s wedding ring and they told her to give it to them,” she says. But the ring was hard to get off. Her mother struggled with it. The soldiers laughed. ” they shouted. Her hands shaking, she got the ring off and they let her daughter go. They shot Nora’s uncle, though.
After running off, I lived on the streets for two or three months. Sleeping rough wasn’t easy, but I was never scared. I used to sleep under trucks or buses at bus stations. I’d chase away anyone who was already there to get some space. I used to beg and steal, and I was never caught, except for once…me and a friend stole a cell phone, and the owner saw us. He caught us, and heated up a fork and a knife, and then applied them to our skin. I still have burn marks on the stomach, chest, left arm, and bottom.