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OCT 2018

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OCTOBER Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay had conscripted him for service in its unsuccessful war to gain inde- pendence from Nigeria during the 1960s. As the war in Nigeria progressed, Abaraoha was trained as a muni- tions and explosive device specialist. One hot, sunny afternoon, his unit came under heavy •re, and an unex- ploded rocket landed nearby. While Abaraoha attempted to defuse it, the P rinceton Abaraoha was a carefree 13-year-old boy when he was snatched by soldiers and taken to a military training camp. Two weeks later, he was carrying a gun as a soldier in Nigeria's civil war. "I was going to fetch water for my mom when they grabbed me, and I didn't see my family again for 2½ years," he said. The secessionist state of Biafra Passing the peace of Christ to all BY PAT COLE rocket detonated, and he sustained multiple wounds. Over the next year and a half, he endured six surgeries without anesthesia. He came home at age 17 and started high school, but his wartime experience left him angry and rebellious. He drank heavily, and he says many consid- ered him a "terror to society." His life changed, however, after profess- ing his Christian faith for the •rst PRESBYTERIAN MINISTRY AT THE UNITED NATIONS Peace & Global Witness gifts help the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations facilitate congregational involvement in the Red Hand Day Campaign. This international initiative seeks to persuade countries to stop using children in warfare.

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