Former Child Soldiers go through a 6 months training programme supported by UNMISS
With skills he acquired during a 6-month programme supported by UNMISS and partners and implemented by World Vision International, Malis, a former child soldier, has started a carpentry workshop in Yambio, SouthSudan where he uses his talents to produce necessary items for the local community at affordable rates. Moreover, he provides apprenticeship opportunities for young people as well. “Malis opened my eyes to the fact that with proper skills I can make a decent living and help others,” says one of his young apprentice’s Isaac.
Maria’s case is different but no less inspiring; abducted and forced into armed conflict at 15, she was released only to find that her father had died. Despite this setback, Maria trained in tailoring and now pays for her siblings’ education with the money she earns from it. “I make around 2,000 South Sudanese Pounds (approximately 7 USD) a day; this is a huge help for me and my sisters,” she says.