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Several years ago, young children were mesmerized by the appearance of a four-wheel drive vehicle that sped into their community with a group of armed men. The truck crisscrossed the main thoroughfares of the town, with its occupants carrying out one act of bravado or the other to the utter delight of the youths. Still impressionable, some young boys in the town were attracted by what they saw, and in circumstances not exactly clear, followed the truck and disappeared as it seemed, for life.

The families they left behind, were not even aware of where these children went and could not determine if they had travelled somewhere, been killed or abducted, or had wandered into the bush and devoured by some wild animals. Their period of disappearance became a nightmare.

For the children, they would suddenly find themselves in a camp belonging to an armed group. They were trained and armed and became part of a fighting force. They joined the group on its various expeditions until one fateful morning, they were captured by their adversary and taken away.

One of those captured was *Luminous Ramciel. He and other captured combatants were taken to a place of detention then separated later since they were children. After investigation, they were handed over to an international organization, which specilized in taking care of children. Later, they would be handed over to a Sudanese civil society organization, which takes care of children, and it promptly went ahead to enroll them in school. The ICRC was contacted about the children and the organization began looking for their parents and family members, deploying all its resources and the Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

Read more:
https://www.icrc.org/en/document/marawi-conflict-two-years-over-100000-still-have-no-homes-return

Post Author: hfa2019