Mark Dowee
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Ex-child soldier tells of traumatic youth

Mark Dowee became a child soldier in 1990 at the age of 14. He says troops came to his home, raped his sister and took away his family, leaving him with no choice but to fight.

He became a general in one of the rebel armies and is now the chairman for 22,000 former child soldiers in three counties, including Bong County.

After the war, he set up an agriculture project to employ former child soldiers, but funding has now dried up and he has had to return to work as a motorbike taxi driver and security guard.

Until there are more jobs, he says, the former child soldiers in the region are a still a risk to society.

  • 10 Apr 2012