The Congo: The Hoodlum Rebels

"They took us outside and lined us up against the wall. This was it. But to amuse themselves they deferred to tots —no more than seven or eight years old. 'What shall we do with them?' asked the adults. The children devised a different fate for each of us. 'Cut that one's ear off and make him eat it,' or, 'Cut his stomach open,' or, 'Put his eyes out.' Two rebels kept sharpening their spears all the time. The children yelled, 'Let's get started. Kill the first one!' "

Such was the nightmare...

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