posted: Friday, October 14, 2016
Senior School students had the opportunity to listen to a former child soldier tell his story. When Junior Nzita Nsuami was twelve years old, soldiers from the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo stormed his school, killed the teachers and kidnapped Junior and many of his friends. He was taken to a training camp and forced to become a soldier for the next three years.
After a regime change, Junior was fortunate enough to be demobilized from the rebel forces and with assistance from his adoptive parents, Junior resumed his studies, went on to obtain a degree in Social Sciences and has since devoted himself to community work to help disadvantaged children. Junior is now a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador on the Prevention of Child Soldier Recruitment and in March 2015 he had the opportunity to apologize to the UN Security Council for the harm he caused.
According to www.warchild.org.uk, there are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today - about 40% of all child soldiers are girls. Junior spoke to the students about how lucky they are to live in a country where they have freedom and how it is their duty to maintain the peace which they enjoy.