Sudan: Demobilized Child Soldiers Face Civilian Life

Simon was 11 years old when soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forced him into the military. “When the SPLA came to us, the older people ran away,” Simon, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, explained. “I didn’t run because I was a child. So they captured me. When I refused, they kept beating me. I didn’t want to go but they forced me to join the SPLA.” The SPLA, the predominantly Christian Black African south’s military, fought against the mostly Muslim Arab north in a two decade-long civil war that left two million dead.