“In 1996 my parents were killed during the Sudanese War (The Second). I was taken as a prisoner of war and converted soon after to be what you call a Child Soldier. I was 14 years old.

They said, “Ah! You will be a soldier!” They gave me an AK47 and taught me to kill. I was so small I could not shoot straight. I don’t want to talk about what we did as soldiers, but it is not something suitable for conversation. I did kill men. Grown men. Young boys too, like me.

The older boys, they took to the killing faster than us younger boys. They would cut off arms with machetes, shoot women. Terrible things. I ran away and found a camp with refugees in it and tried to blend in. I was always frightened the army would come find me, but they did not.

I eventually found my way to the United States and became an Infantry Marine. The war in Iraq was bad, but I still can’t compare it to my childhood. I was comfortable with violence by then.”

– Anonymous “Lost Boy” and US Marine. 1994-2016

This story was documented by Battles and Beers. Every soldier has a story, and every story deserves to be told.

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