Sairenkon: In April this year, ten boys were forcefully taken to militant training camps in Myanmar. The family members of three boys in this village are still living in fear. Mother of ex-child soldier said, "I am living in constant fear and think what will happen to my son in the future."
The boys tell us that they were lured with the promise of money and cellphones. Although pressure from civil society forced their release, they were warned not to reveal the identity of those who recruited them.
One of the ex-child soldiers, said, "I saw other boys and also girls in the camp. They kept us in separate rooms. I was told not to take the name of the organisation. When I was coming back, I saw new recruits."
Recruiting child soldiers in Manipur dates back to 2008 when 19 children were kidnapped by militant groups. A 2008 video of a People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak camp in Myanmar shows how they were being brainwashed. So far 66 children have been kidnapped. And many stay back in camps....more
08:38 AM, Aug 31, 2012