A Long Way from Home
Ex-FNL child soldier getting a haircut in the Randa welcome center for former combatants in Burundi. © 2006 Human Rights Watch
June 2006 Number 3
I want to be demobilized. After all this time in a mobile brigade with the FNL and because I have been wounded in the leg, I think that I deserve somethingat least some money to help me. I have never been to school, not even in the first year, and I think that it is too late now. Its hard now, I want to find my family and tell them that I am alive.
Seventeen-year-old former FNL combatant currently at Randa
I arrived here in the prison on October 7, 2005. I spoke to a magistrate and she told me my case was in the courts but I dont really know what is happening. I have been here a long time and I want to go home now.
Fifteen-year-old former FNL combatant currently in prison