John is 15 years’ old. He was demobilised in May 2006 after spending five years with the mayi-mayi.The recommendations in the report are strong on enforcing the right to education.
"One day when I was 10 years old, fighters came to our school, stole everything inside and ordered us to go with them, saying that there would be no more learning for us. Now, I have been demobilised and I am with my family. It is good to be home, but I have nothing to do. I would like to study or work, but I have no money, there is no training and there is no work. I feel sad, because I feel unhelpful to my family. I am at home but I am worthless. During the day, I try not to think of my life as a fighter, because it makes me cry, but sometimes I think maybe I should go back to the armed groups…"
Tags: child soldiers, Congo, Amnesty International, education