Social activist and Save the Children founder Eglantyne Jebb famously said: ‘Every war is a war against children.’ The damage is immeasurable – the threat of violence, starvation, exploitation and loss leaving scars that impact the lives of millions. Families and communities are torn apart, many are forced to flee their homes and homelands, and at times children are called upon to join in the bloodshed. Having observed grownups at their worst, there is much we can learn from the accounts of children during wartime. These are some of their remarkable stories.
The dark clouds returned and gathered about the boy. His eyes grew distant, and he began to tremble. He heard not only shells exploding, but the cries of dying men . . . He was stumbling over churned earth, looking into the face of an officer, bloodied red as the poppies, ripped apart in the Flanders mud . . .
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