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27 Feb, 2019 06:00

Crisis childhood

Jaffar and Abdullah are only teenagers, but they’ve already been to war, fighting alongside Islamic State-affiliated militants in the southern Philippines. It wasn’t their choice though. The teens’ relatives sold them to the Abu Sayyaf extremist group for less than $500. The boys took part in the battle of Marawi before surrendering to government forces. A year after the traumatic events, ex-child soldiers describe the horrors they lived through, while they struggle to build new lives.

Watch "Crisis childhood" on RTD website and on RT’s live feed. The time of the broadcast is available on RT’s schedule page.