He never gets love, just drugs and Rock’n’Roll, since they took him away from his home this fall. He hides behind his gun and the power that it gives him to control the weak ones, unarmed women and men. He was forced to kill his brother in the presence of his mother. Now there is nothing left and nothing to return to. He has killed so many, tortured and abused. Would you still welcome him and heal his soul so bruised?
He’s a barefoot soldier who doesn’t know what he kills for. He’s a barefoot soldier who doesn’t know what he dies for. He’s a barefoot soldier, broken by misuse. He’s a barefoot soldier who needs more than new shoes.
Today she is the woman of the man who killed her mum and made her home a graveyard, buried all her friends. There’s no way to escape the militia that once caught her as they are gonna punish the other girls and slaughter. She gets beaten by her husband, regardless of what she’s doing, to raise up her two twins feels like public viewing. She is so dependent and, in a way, she needs him, but in her dreams she’s dreaming of a life in freedom.
She’s a barefoot soldier who can’t talk about what she’s used for. She’s a barefoot soldier who’s seen more than she could bear. She’s a barefoot soldier, made submissive by misuse. She’s a barefoot soldier who needs more than new shoes.
Denied a childhood and often subjected to horrific violence an estimated 300 000 children are serving as soldiers. Many are seized and recruited by force whereas others join to escape their reality. In 1989 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 38, proclaimed: „State parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons who have not attained the age of 15 years do not take a direct part in hostilities“.
They are barefoot soldiers who don’t know what they will kill for. They are barefoot soldiers who don’t know what they will die for. They are barefoot soldiers who get lost somewhere in our news. They are barefoot soldiers who need more than just new shoes.
Text von: Johannes Höfener