The Lord’s Children: Once kidnapped, twice traumatized

Annika Teppo, NAI researcher and cluster leader writes about a less than pleasant movie experience at her blog (opens in new window).

"Suffering was what the movie provided – in buckets. The plight of the young Africans came up close and personal. The movie was sad and disturbing, as intended. It was shot professionally and well edited. The point, if not fresh, was surely worth making. The main characters were children, now in their teens, who had been kidnapped, made to fight, pillage and rape, and had then managed to run from their captivators. And, throughout the movie, I felt increasingly sorry for the youngsters: Not only for their terrible experiences, but also for the way they were forced to re-live their trauma in the interviews."

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