Children used by anti-Boko Haram groups struggle against trauma

‘One day, I hope to open my own business and take control of my life,’ says 18-year-old Kaumi Kolo, a former child vigilante in Nigeria.

The United Nations and human rights activists have accused both Boko Haram and groups fighting it, of putting children in harm’s way.

But now, hundreds of former child vigilantes, who had been fighting against the armed group in northeastern Nigeria, are learning skills to help them reintegrate into their communities.

Many have returned to school or are learning employment skills.

Kaumi Kolo is one of them.