Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his schoolyard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a rebel militia.
Against the odds, he managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again.
As part of Kids Can Press’  Citizen Kid series, Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys have written a graphic novel called Child Solider (illustrations by Claudia Dávila) that shares Chikwanine’s story. Book Time asked four questions of Chikwanine. Here are his answers: