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Assault his home village with guns.
Tremendous experience by sixteen-years boy, Komakech (provisional name)

Komakech(provisional), living in Gulu prefecture, Uganda, was sixteen years old.
It was the beginning of a tragedy that he was walking through his neighbor village.

“I was picking my mother up to my neighbor village.
On the way, I was surrounded by soldiers with guns and taken to a rebel group.”
“I was picking my mother up to my neighbor village. On the way, I was surrounded by soldiers with guns and taken to a rebel group.”

Uganda had been under the internal conflict since the latter of 1980. The Armed group, called ‟LRA”, abducted children who were around 10 years old and brainwashed them with violence. They forced these children to fight with guns in the front line of battlefields.

Komakech was taken to the village in which he was born and grown up after days later since being abducted. He was forced to join a campaign to assault the village.

Adult soldiers took Komakech to the village, and then they commanded him as standing in front of his mother.

‟Kill her!”. Whilst they were shouting it, they pressed the edge of guns on her.

‟I was pretty scared.
I, of course, insisted ‟I could not do that.”

After, they made me have a sword and said
‟Then, chop her either arm, or we kill both of you and her.”

I loved my mother.
I could not help shaking my hands and think about anything”
‟I was pretty scared. I, of course, insisted ‟I could not do that.” After, they made me have a sword and said ‟Then, chop her either arm, or we kill both of you and her.” I loved my mother. I could not help shaking my hands and think about anything”

Even if whatever happened to me and my mother, I wanted me and her to be alive... Komakech swung downward the sword to his mother's arm in many times.

The Reality that children treated as
"disposable" in battlefields

Child soldiers, such as Komakech, still exist not only in Africa but also in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Generally speaking, at least, there should be 250,000 child soldiers all over the world.

These children carry burdens such as weapons and food and are forced to take guns.

There are cases that the child soldiers are forced to walk through the fields of landmines and the front of battlefields as if being the removal equipment of landmines or the wall to protect from bullets.
Some units go straight forward to opponents with drag to remove the fear.

‟Children are easily manipulated because they can be brainwashed”
‟They are eternally replicable to assault villages”
‟Children are easily manipulated because they can be brainwashed”‟They are eternally replicable to assault villages”

Children are handled as if just being produced by convenience of adults.

Especially, girls are forced to marry soldiers and sexually abused.
Some former girls' soldiers have no future prospect by undesirable pregnancy.

Margaret(provisional) was seized by a rebel group for seven years since she had been abducted when fifteen years old. Besides, she was forced to marry a soldier being the almost same years old as her father.

After that, she was infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. She was discriminated and distorted by a lot of local people since after she went back to her home-village because she was a former child soldier. Even worse, she got mentally injured due to them.

Komakech was just extricated when we visited Uganda for the first time. He could see his mother two weeks before that.

After the incident, she lost consicousness, she was survived.

His mother losing her arm was thin and seem not to be well. However, she kindly talked to him.

“Do you have any hardness in the army?” “It must be tough” “It must struggle”

Komakech is reminded of the time as if seeing far away.

“But, my mother will never love me like when I was a child.
I know it.

Because I hurt her...”
“But, my mother will never love me like when I was a child. I know it. Because I hurt her...”

Economic interest over mineral resources is the one of the major cause of conflict in Africa!!
Japanese is not "irrelevant".

Why did this crucial issues of child soldiers come up?

It is becoming clearer that our wealthy life is absolutely relevant to it.
For instance, it is "tantalum" used for mobile phones and computers.

In East of D.R. Congo, the conflict has been exacerbating to obtain these minerals.
Children are adressed to the battlefields as soldiers.

Who is using the natural resources in these countries?
It can be said "Japanese help the conflict".

I found something after recognising that
we are a part of the couses of the conflicts.

Non-profit oganisation Terra Renaissance
Founder and Director (Mr.) Masaya Onimaru

“I do help the child soldiers”

Although I landed on the soil of Africa with such a strong emotion, I felt as if I was knocked out.

“Creating the causes of conflict is us.“ Whilst we stamp down the people with my either foot,
we attempt to support them with another one.

“Such a hypocrite...”, I thought so.

However, we can consider us as the side, which is able to solve the problems if we can see the fact, which is creating conflicts, from other perspective.
We could find something we can do to admit the fact with courage.

Then, we, Terra Renaissance,
started the reintegration of former child soldiers in Uganda since 2005.

Towards a society where all former child soldiers will be
renitegrated into a community without fear and want.

We have been promoting reintegration of former child soldiers
by providing them with skill trainings and income generation activities.

“It is support for self-reliance not to depend upon aid.”

Phycosocial support

We carry out individual counseling and group therapy. Besides, we have a class for music and traditional dances together with a support for organizsing traditional ceremony.

Basic Education

We provide literacy, math and English classes. They also learn about the basic knowledge for public health.

Vocational training and support for Income Generation Activity

They learn the skills of tailoring, dress designing, handicraft, and carpentry together with basic knowledge for small scale business. Also we provide them with a support for setting up their business and individual consultig until they become self-reliance.

Our support led many people's
smile back.

Thanks to our donors, we could support more than 3,000 people,
including former child soldiers, victims of sexual violelence, refugees, and poorest of the poor who suffered from the armed conflict.

One of the achievements In Uganda, is below...

Average Income Increased fifty times and over before.
The connection between children and others increased three times and over.
Self-esteem increased about 1.7 times and over after the support.

Message from the former child soldiers
who have receive the self-reliance support.

I could start thinking that I am needed
and I have a role to play in this world.

Cristine (provisional)

I was abducted when I was eleven years old. Since then, I had been engaged with fights as a child soldier for ten years.

I was released from the combatant and finally went back to my home village. However, I confronted discrimination and prejudice from others.

Nobody accepted me.

During such a circumstance, I received the support for self-reliance by Terra Renaissance and learnt the skills of sewing.

Thanks to this support the villagers asked me to make clothes, and started communicating with me with respect. Also I could started making income, and become able to support not only my family members but also other poor person. Through this job, I realized that I am needed by someone and I am worth to live.

I will never forget the people who supported me. Thank you for making my life change.

Support our activities through your donation.

For example, your support provides...

Donation 100 dollar per month, Job training for 2 weeks/per person
Donation 316 dollar per month, Necessary meals during training for 360 people
Donation 527 dollar per month, Sewing machine kits for four people

We may have little power,
but not powerless.

Non-Profit Organisation Terra Renaissance
Founder and Director (Mr.) Masaya Onimaru

“I can't do this anymore...”
I have almost given it up whilst running for more than 17 years.

Nevertheless, I always got them over to see the change of the former child soldiers challenging to create
their own future and to be supported by Japanese people.

Bring world peace here.

To accomplish this huge goal, we need to influence governments and entrepreneurs.
we cannot be enough without your support.

We would like you to support our projects and deliver each of your help. We believe “Every person can create their own future.”

We may have little power, but not powerless. I would like you to join our team as supporter. We sincerely hope for your help.

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