International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Protecting children in Colombia's war


At first, she said, they treated her “like a queen.” But shortly after recruiting then-nine-year-old Sofia from a small village in Colombia, the guerilla fighters began beating and raping her. 
”It is a childhood that I do not wish for anybody” Sofia told the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict
Sofia is one of about 10,000 boys and girls who have been pulled into Colombia’s decades-old war between guerillas, paramilitary units and government forces.

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