Jul 25 • 48M

🎧When A Six-Year Old Soldier Transforms

For Peter Biar Ajak, brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle at six years of age was normal. There was little hope that he would live beyond the age of eight, yet he plotted a remarkable journey.

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Evan Mawarire
Each week, political dissidents from around the world sit down with Zimbabwean democracy activist Evan Mawarire to share stories about their struggles on the frontlines of freedom.
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In 2001 a large group of refugee teenagers is rescued from the horrendous war between Sudan and the freedom seeking South Sudan. Many of them now orphaned, had started life as six year old child soldiers who had normalized burying their age mates - dead from starvation, disease and sometimes combat. Peter was keen as a young man to see a free Sudan, but besides knowing how to shoot a gun and communist political ideology indoctrination he possesses little else. The rescue brings the children to the United States where they each begin new lives. Peter Biar Ajak’s remarkable journey of  transformation is enthralling.