When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
by Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys
Kids Can Press
Pub Date 01 Sep 2015
I was given a copy of Child Soldier through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:
In 1993 five year old Michel lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo he attends school there from seven o clock in the morning to five at night his Dad is a human’s right lawyer and his Mother sales beautiful fabrics in the town square. At home they speak Swahili but at school the children must speak French.
One day while playing after school the children are stopped by a rebel militia they cut Michel with a knife and put cocaine in the room. Michel is forced to kill his best friend Kevin. Michel was only five, Kevin only twelve.
For two weeks Michel was forced to be a child soldier but eventually he was able to escape and get back home but at five his childhood is already over.
When Michel was ten his Father was kidnapped and tortured for months until a priest was able to help him escape to Uganda. One day the rebel soldiers came to the house threatening them after they could not find their Father so his Mother, younger sister and himself were taken to the refuge camp his Father was at in Uganda. His two older sisters had run away before their Motger could stop them.
Six years later his Mother and his younger sister and himself are allowed to go to Canada under Refuge status. His older sister Vicky made her own refugee claim but they never found out what happened to Vivianne. His Father was poisoned by enemy soldiers and died.
This is a true story and would make a great teaching tool for grades three to six.
I give this book five out of five stars