Through the eyes of a Survival this life changing documentary takes us into the mind on a child soldier. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 16, 2014.
About this project
Through the eyes of a Survival, this life-changing documentary take us into the mind on a child soldier. Revealing his personal struggle as a former child soldier, Charles Wratto is on a campaign to give hope to children of his background. He has not seen his native Liberia in 12 years and is now returning with the goal of opening a school for homeless children and former child soldiers like himself. Knowing the challenges such youth face, Charles is convinced the school, in many ways, will help ease their transitions back into normal civilian life and through comprehensive education, he plans to see them excel and better integrate into society.
The "Endless War of a Child Soldier" will cover Charles’ return and subsequent reception among old faces and family. Not only that but it will also focus on Wratto’s traumatic past, rehabilitation, and metamorphoses of character as his last testimony of his experiences.
We first met with Charles Wratto during his visit to (Salisbury University), our School where he shared his extraordinary story of how he became a child soldier. Charles later escaped from the war on November 7th, 2001. Leaving his country and family behind, he travelled for seven days through the vast forest from Liberia and finally made it across the border to the Ivory Coast. Fighting another cruel battle to survive as a refugee, He left for Mali (a neighboring country), where he met Belemina Obunge, a Nigerian national. Through Obunge's help, Charles is now a doctoral student with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Romania
After all the heinousness he been through, Charles has not forgotten his roots. As mentioned above, he now aspires to build a school complex for former child soldiers and homeless children in Liberia, most of whom were used by warlords and now rejected by their generals and communities.
This young man has seen the darkest parts of the human soul only to survive and tell the story. He now lives as an ambassador of peace and has dedicated his life in fighting against the use of children in senseless wars. Without any doubt, he's indeed a gift to humanity.
This documentary will detail Charles’ endeavors to begin the school. However, due to the limited time we will be in Liberia it is unlikely we will capture the erection of the school. Against this backdrop, our goal is to at least capture the initial stages of the process. Those initial stages may take the form of surveying land and applying for permits.
First we plan to visit Lagos to interview Belemina Obunge, Charles’ surrogate father who was instrumental in rehabilitating and easing his transition back into civilian life. From Lagos, we will catch a flight to Monrovia, Liberia.
After gathering footage in Monrovia, we will travel to Tubmanburg, Robertsport, Harbel, Buchanan, Greenville, Gbarnga and Zwedru, Still in Liberia. We plan on filming scenery and interviewing Charles as we walk through war-torn towns and villages of significance to Charles’ past. We will look for any surviving members of his family (if we have not located them by the time we depart the US) as he has not seen them in over a decade. We strongly believe footage of such a reunion would be invaluable to our documentary. We will also travel to the border of Sierra Leone to shoot scenes of the abandoned refugee camps where Charles and his family once lived.
We were deeply moved by this story and felt the need to be of help the best way we could, but we're just students. This is why we've come to you to kindly be a part of this compelling story. Please help us help Charles and the people of Liberia as they rebuild their lives.
God Bless You!!!
Risks and challenges
The challenges we would face would be security, terrain and finding the necessary power and internet in order to upload all of the file footage to the cloud. We have contact local ministries who have offered to provide us with transportation and lodging, also site visits as well as other security. We will also stop by the US embassy and let them know of our presence in Liberia as well as the consulate and ministry of tourism and affairs for Liberia.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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