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Rediscovering themselves

With Lutheran help, ex-fighters leave violence behind

Teenagers and children passing through the Cari Cantonment Center in Buchanan, Liberia, spent part of each day playing and learning how to belong in a new, more peaceful nation. They spent the other part of their day at this Lutheran World Federation-World Service center regretting their actions during a bloody 14-year civil war that ended in August 2003.

Most of the children, ages 7 to 16, said they were forcibly recruited into the rebel groups. They've grown up without education, knowing only violence and war. They're in terrible physical condition — some have lost hands or legs


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