Kids with Guns: Stacey Dooley Investigates
1 x 60', October 2010
Ricochet for BBC3
Producer Fiona Lloyd-Davies
Director Fiona Lloyd-Davies
With an estimated 30,000 children used as soldiers during the 14-year long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Stacey travels to Africa to explore firsthand the terrifying complexities of war for the country’s child soldiers.
With the help of local charity workers, Stacey meets children who have been enslaved by armed militias and hears their personal accounts of life as a child soldier. She also visits a rescue centre where boys and girls arrive daily, rescued from guerrilla militia units as well as the Congolese National Army.
Accompanying a local charity she goes to a frontline Congolese National Army camp where she witnesses the rescue of two boys and goes on to take one boy home where he's reunited with his family, from whom he was stolen more than eight years ago.
Kids with Guns will air on the 7th of October at 9pm on BBC3.