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In the days leading to VE day, there are many men and women we could be celebrating, and all are worthy of our praise and adoration. I would like to take this time to honour ALL children who inspired #TheBoyWhoSawinColours, the innocents of war, and I will be posting about them in the coming days.
The military use of children can take three distinct forms: children can take a direct part in conflict as child soldiers; they can be used in support roles such as porters, spies, messengers, and lookouts; or they can be used for political advantage and propaganda.
Does this boy look familiar?
His name and age are unknown. The Americans captured the young boy in 1944. He thought removing his uniform would help him evade arrest. This young man should have been safe, protected by the people he trusted, but instead, the adults acted like maniacs. What chance did the children have? Instead of staying up all night just to read an extra page of the adventure book he'd been reading, the nightmares of his fallen friends kept him awake. Their screams punch through the night.
I don't know what happened to him after the war or what kind of life he chose to lead, but I hope wherever he is, that he is happy and safe.