May 11th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Life after war

Kevin was a killer. Forced into being an 8-year-old soldier, he fought and murdered during Liberia's long civil war.

The conflict ended in 2003 and many of the estimated 16,000 children who took part in the fighting still are dealing with the emotional scars of what they saw and experienced. Kevin, who went through a program run by his former warlord (now a self-proclaimed evangelist), has to live with the rejection of his family and fend for survival on his own.

He lives in an apartment by himself. Some of the former soldiers went through a U.N.-sponsored disarmament program that included counseling.  Some ex-combatants say they couldn’t participate in the program because their guns were stolen.

That’s what happened to Kevin, but still years later he found a new path. Today he is a motorcycle taxi driver. He has some friends. He's not alone. He saves his money so he can go to night school. He hopes one day he can become a businessman.

Topics: Government • Life In Slavery

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  1. Rayven mimie amarachukwu

    Kevin, I love ur strength. Remember that only the great can go through what u are going through. Kevin u are great.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • OMOLE LEKAN

      Kelvin indeed you are great. Keep focused and believe that you can achieve your desire in life, pray and be rest asured that GOD will se you through; Don't give up.

      May 12, 2011 at 5:14 am | Reply
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  5. mona

    If there would be only one Kevin in every country then the world would be a better place to live. A salute to Kevin and his wisdom of understanding the importance of education.
    Kevin you are great with a lot of strength.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
  6. Joshua Milton Blahyi

    Well, yes I was a war lord that recruted Kervin and many other young people and did a lot of bad things that could possibilly never be forgiven by many, but I am not an self proclaimed evengelist, Christ called me, and the evidence is there, in my Country and many other Countries the Lord led me to and what He did through me. Besides I was Baptized by Bishop Melvin Samuels, Ass Bishop and Overseer for Foreign Fields, Holy Temple Church Of The Lord Jesus Christ Int, and ordained as Evangelist and serving as the African Outreach Director. I AM NOT A SELF PROCLAIMED EVANGELIST. Good Article though. Evang: Joshua Milton Blahyi.

    May 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • Zipporah Dickson

      Dad,may the Lord strengthen you and overt shadow you with his glory and power for his work through out the whole wide world.I know the Lord can do greater and aboaundantly in your life than what man expert.Enjoy your blessings.

      May 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
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    Thanks Joseph, their are lot of stories on the net for me, but I just launched Book on my life story, and I have giving 75% of the return to the project that help turn Kelvin and many other child ex-fighters life around. Well not the project but Jesus through the project have turn around the life of many and re-uniting them to their families and Communities, The project is call Journey Against Violence http://www.journeysagainstviolence.com, The Lord leads me to notorious criminal hide out with Christ message of Peace, Love and Christ Forgiving Grace. http://www.frontpageafrica.com/newsmanager/anmviewer.asp?a=5680&print=yes contact me on facebook to get a copy and help many Kelvin By the grace of God.

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