Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Jessica Dee Humphreys, Michel Chikwanine


Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Jessica Dee Humphreys, Michel Chikwanine

Michel Chikwanine was only five-years-old when he was abducted from outside his school by rebel soldiers in The Democratic Republic of Congo. Child Soldier tells the story of his happy life before the abduction, his time with the rebel militia, his escape from their clutches and finally the worsening situation and growing unrest for Michel and his family and his eventual immigration to Canada with his mother. Despite his young age, Michel never gives up. It is his resilience and courage that helped him to stay alive during his time with the rebels. This is a legacy from his father, whose sense of compassion and integrity drove Michel to reject the rebels attempts to instil violence and hate, and have shaped Michel into the person he is today. As a young man, Michel now travels the world to inspire others to believe that their actions can make a difference. He is an accomplished public speaker and someone who's voice and story resonates with people all over the globe. Thankfully most children will never experience the brutal reality of being forced to take part in armed conflicts, in whatever role is imposed on them. But Michel's story serves as a reminder of how close to home this ongoing issue is. Africa may feel far away to a child living in the UK, but the reality is that young people in gangs across the world, who are made to commit crimes for adult leaders have more in common with Michel than they may realise. This book also examines in general how and why adults use children as expendable pawns in conflicts and provides the reader with advice on further information and what they can do to get involved. This book is aimed at children aged 10+, however it does contain some images that some readers may find difficult or distressing. The cartoon / graphic novel style of the book does contain images of violence, including guns, knives, dead bodies and other explicit scenes.

About the Author

Jessica Dee Humphreys (Author) Jessica lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario, where she writes about international humanitarian, military and children's issues. Child Soldier is her second book about child soldiers. She hopes that the leaders of tomorrow who read it will ensure there is no need for another. Michel Chikwanine (Author) Michel was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and now lives in Toronto, Ontario. A recent graduate of the University of Toronto's Africa Studies programme and an accomplished public speaker, Michel travels the world inspiring people to believe in their ability to make a difference. Claudia Davila Claudia writes and illustrates children's books, and is the author-illustrator of the eco-conscious graphic novels Luz Sees the Light and Luz Makes a Splash. She was born in Chile and now lives in Toronto, Ontario with her daughter and husband.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

13th October 2016



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