When we talk and think about a child in the traditional sense, what comes to mind are, toys, innocence, curiosity, love, trust and security. But in the life of a child soldier, the world is a "Black-hole." The very people upon whom they depend and trust always betray their trust and exploit their innocence and curiosity.
The life of a Liberia Child Soldier begins with a recruiter kidnapping or sweet talking an innocent typical child into following him/her for "Sweet Glory." When the child is taken out of her/his comfort zone, the child is then tricked into believing that the only way out is to belong and form part of a group of a massive well orchestrated killing machine.
The recent report by the Coalition to top the use of child soldiers on Global use of child soldiers clearly stated that "Scores of armed political groups in most regions of the world continued to recruit children, force them into combat, train them to use explosives and weapons, and subject them to rape, violence, hard labor and other forms of exploitation..."
Along these lines, the Liberia Child Soldiers are savagely trained to open the stomach of pregnant women and take our their unborn babies; they are known for using innocent human beings for target practice, they cut off limps of any one in their way.
You wonder how could this be possible? Well, these kids are drugged from the time they themselves are babies as early as 6 to 9 years of age. Now, the war in Liberia seems to be over. These kids have been abandoned, and their "sweet Glory" never delivered, people of goodwill have to help. Their masters (the warlords) have walked away with all the loots leaving them holding emptied booty bags.
These kids are the victims of circumstances far beyond their comprehension. While they are to be held responsible and accountable for their role, we have to forgive, reconcile, rehabilitate, educate and reintegrate. This tragedy transcends culture, Race, Ethnicity, geography, social, religious and political persuasions.