Ex-Child Soldiers Seek a New Life

Brian Adeba
Published: Wednesday, 09/13/2006 12:00 am EDT

The day he made his break for freedom is etched clearly on his mind. It was exactly a year ago–Aug. 14, 2005 to be precise. It was dark and the time was 7:15 p.m. He had been selected for sentry duty that night but José, a Colombian boy in his mid-teens, had been thinking of escaping for a while now. He waited until everything was quiet and then made his break.

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