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UNICEF and ECHO reintegrate child soldiers in Côte d'Ivoire,

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Published on May 23, 2007

BÉOUÉ VILLAGE, Côte d'Ivoire, 15 May 2007 -- Béoué, 18, is slender and looks rather small for his age. When he is carrying the mud for the chicken coop that he and his friends are building, it becomes clear how strong he actually is. He is obviously used to organizing activities and delegating responsibility, so the coop is built quickly.
In 2002, Béoué's life changed drastically when war broke out in Côte d'Ivoire and an armed rebellion split the nation in two, drawing in warlords and fighters from neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Béoué's village was attacked and burned.

Those who were fit enough managed to escape and hide in the bush. Béoué, who was 13 at the time, decided he wanted to join the fighting forces. He felt he had nothing to lose, since most of his relatives had been killed in the attack.
For more information please visit http://www.unicef.org/emerg/cotedivoi...

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