When the eyes open a door to the soul..

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It was so moving being in the CAJED center for demobilized child soldiers. Just the idea of being with a child who has experienced trauma of that level and can yet be so resilient to want to be a child again is mind boggling. Most of these children spoke only Swahili, so when I interviewed them all had to be translated. But the moments that they just watched me with piercing looks and just held their gaze, I felt my breathing stop. Their eyes searched, questioned, told, sought, defied, but never wavered.

I will never forget these eyes that disarmed me completely and transmitted stories too horrible to be told with words.

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  1. I feel deep hurt that this child hides much horror behind his eyes

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