“If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito…”
Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his schoolyard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, he managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again.
After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort.
Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War presents the gripping story of Michel’s experience. A moving and unsettling account, as told by writers Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikawanine and artist Claudia Dávila.
Join us for a session on a topic sure to engage young and old on global social justice, conflict, children’s rights and even bullying.