Songs of Redemption From the Congo

For a child who has survived a life of warfare, what comes next? In the Democratic Republic of Congo, decades of strife have produced countless battle-scarred young men and women. Caught up in the conflicts, children as young as 5 or 6 years old have their lives horribly transformed. They are taken from their homes, kept as sex slaves, forced to carry weapons and ammunition into battle, or tasked with even worse duties such as pulling the trigger in a summary execution. These children learn perverse life lessons, raised by militias at war. So what happens to them when they escape that life? The Center for Investigative Reporting went to the cities of Goma and Bukavu to find out, listening to the stories of 12 young survivors who were working hard to enter the civilian world, become adults, and cope with the horrors they had witnessed and committed. The CIR was kind enough to share several of photographer Larry Price's portraits here. For the full package, please see the report Redemption Songs on Medium.

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