I was helping my aunt with housework, collecting firewood, when I was captured by rebels and forced to join the Mai Mai Simba militia. I was with them for a year before I escaped. My role was to prepare the magic potions they believed would help them in battle.
When I escaped, a local village leader found me. He took me to CRC. They gave me psychological support and trauma healing sessions. They gave me a support kit consisting of skirts, blouses, one pair of shoes and a bag. They found me a host family to stay with while they tried to find my parents. To survive, CRC gave us rice, beans and fish to eat. I was happy to be out of the militia but at first I would wake up at night, terrified and screaming. After one month of the counselling sessions this stopped.
Now I am learning to become a tailor through the vocational training centre CRC have. I’m learning how to cut and sew dresses and shirts. I am now much more hopeful for my future. I have made friends with other children in the neighbourhood and people ask me to make clothes for them. I feel part of the community. I am also saving to go back to school. I hope to be able to return to my studies in a few years time.