This post will probably be fairly controversial. But it's something I can't get out of my mind, and I wanted to do something that might raise a bit of awareness. So, beneath the cut are 17 icons of child soldiers, as well as 8 icons of Ishmael Beah, a survivor from Sierra Leone who now advocates for other children caught in similar circumstances.
New York City, 1998
My high school friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war."
"Did you witness some of the fighting?"
"Everyone in the country did."
"You mean you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"
"Yes, all the time."
I smile a little.
"You should tell us about it sometime."
---- from the introduction to A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
( 'This gun will soon belong to you, so you had better learn not to be afraid of it.' )
Please visit Invisible Children for ways you can get involved, and sign the petition in support of the Child Soldier Prevention Act here.