Meet Beatrice, Age 14, Central African Republic
"I lived in a nearby village with my family, but we fled here because of the war" - Beatrice
Across the Central African Republic (CAR) there are displacement camps full of people who have fled the violence which has befallen this country. The camps pop-up in urban areas or dot the countryside. They are a monument to the constant uncertainty of life in a troubled land.
Children in Conflict supports child-friendly spaces at many of these camps. These are places where children come to learn, play and hopefully forget about the often-distressing experiences which took them from their homes
Beatrice* is one of those who regularly attend the space. She is a bright and welcoming 14-year-old who has seen more of the horrors of war than any child should.
“I lived in a nearby village with my family, but we fled here because of the war,” she says.
“A militia came and burned our village. They killed my elder brother.
“While we were fleeing, my father was shot dead. I ran with my mother until we got here. We have been here ever since.”Read more