How a Child is Made into a Suicide Bomber

How a Child is Made into a Suicide Bomber

In 1954, a single book destroyed the popular notion that children are innocent souls. In that book, a plane of such innocent souls crashes on a deserted island. There, in a paradise of coral and coconuts and wild pigs, the survivors soon revert to a state of nature....
The Undocumented Poet

The Undocumented Poet

One of my earliest inspirations in the undocumented youth movement was Mario Angel Escobar, a former child soldier from El Salvador who was among the first to publicly share his story and tell the world he was indocumentado. Mario took to legislative allies, and...
Nowhere to be Home

Nowhere to be Home

This month, McSweeney’s Voice of Witness releases Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime, edited by Maggie Lemere and Zoë West. Nowhere to be Home is a collection of oral histories exposing the realities of life under...

An Open Letter to President Obama, Or Change I believed in

Dear President Obama, You’re not the man I thought you were. Roughly a week ago, you issued a waiver that would allow the US to continue to provide military assistance to four countries—Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, and...

Children At War (With Funding From the U.S.)

While our children go off to school, many Somali children are going off to war. 80 percent of the Somali rebel groups are comprised of children. The rebel groups, however, are not the only perpetrators. 20 percent of the Somali transitional government is made up of...
Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

David Alan Harris is a choreographer, writer, and leading dance/movement therapist who specializes in fostering recovery among survivors of egregious human rights abuse. His article on his work in Sierra Leone can be read here. This event is co-sponsored by Foreign...
Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

David Alan Harris is a choreographer, writer, and leading dance/movement therapist who specializes in fostering recovery among survivors of egregious human rights abuse. His article on his work in Sierra Leone can be read here. This event is co-sponsored by Foreign...