The Child Soldier: Our Writing
Giving Voice to Youth Affected by War


Thought for the Day
by Wilfred Mohamed Kuteh, a student of the Sierra Leone Grammar School and i*EARN-Sierra Leone

My name is Wilfred Mohamed Kuteh, I am a 16 year old student of
I*EARN Sierra Leone. I am writing this in order to sensitize
youngsters and also adults living in the globe as I have been doing
in my own country. This is particularly for students involved in I*EARN.

Half the world does not have enough food to eat. why? because of the
conflicts in some of these countries. As a result of this, in Sierra
Leone each year, thousands die young, as surely as if shot by guns of
tyrants. It quite happens that many more are maimed for life by this
conflict in body and spirit. we say to you, this suffering can and
must be stopped. when all of us, whether we live with it or far away
in the rich, well-fed, countries, make-up our minds to end this
turmoil, we can do it.

The earth is ruled mainly by people out of touch with the young
world. They know that many die and starve in their millions. But they
think it more important to make guns, bombs, war ships, rockets to
send us to fight one another, rathar than to provide seed and water,
schools and hospitals, so that we might feed and not starve one

if you live in a rich country, demand adequate food for your
fellows in poor countries and do not turn your back from poor people
but instead provide them food, instead of guns so that the poor can
work in their surroundings for development. Plan with them so that
starting what little they have themselves can develop in body and

If you are educated in special knowledge and skills, do not accept
the old priorities. know that science and technology that can send
men into the moon, and space, need only to be released into the poor
lands to work even greater miracle- see that your skills are used to
help the needy.

Furthermore, if you are a young parent resolve to help the
sufferings of children. know too, how to plan the size of your
family, so that the progress of all is not compromised.

finally, I think that the division of the world into war and
confusion must end and that the efforts equivalent to the many
billions of dollars wasted on armaments are needed to develop the
educational system in developing countries like sierra leone. I also
think that if political or financial systems prevent a just
distribution of education and wealth, those systems must be replaced.

Above all we are ready to work together in future for development
of war affected countries AND WE demand that we be given the
opportunity to do so. Mankind is one family in which each of us has
the duty to help the other.

Thank you.

Wilfred Mohamed Kuteh.


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