Children as young as 7 are kidnapped and forced to fight in rebel armies. Psychologically tortured and brainwashed – children are enslaved, forced to fight and to kill.
Many are forced to participate in violence against their own families and communities. Still more are abducted and abused, becoming victims of rape and sexual violence.
Those fortunate enough to escape or be released are left with deep and enduring emotional scars from what they’ve seen and been forced to do. Many are unable to return home because they have either lost or been rejected by their families.
Exile International exists to empower rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war to be leaders for peace through art-focused trauma care and holistic rehabilitation.