Africa’s unending wars are notoriously harsh on her kids; the boys get forcibly conscripted as child soldiers while the girls are forced to grow up quickly to serve the sexual urges of the beasts that fight these senseless wars. In a normal world, Risto Mahuno could have been just a boy playing in the sand and Nene – his childhood love interest, just another village girl.
But the war over the minerals of the Congo – Kinshasa, not Brazzaville – shatters the idyllic peace of Bukavu, forcing children like these to run the gauntlet of rebel groups hell-bent on recruiting them to prop up their armies.
- The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods by Jamala Safari
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