Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict

Otis, a former child soldier reenacts drills at the Don Bosco Center for Boys 

"I thought he was taking us somewhere good.  People were afraid of me because I killed in bad ways.  I’d be killing and laughing at the same time.  I didn’t like it.  I just did it."  

Country: Liberia

Born: 1984

Served: National Patriotic Front of Liberia 

Conflict: Liberian Civil War 1989-2003

Photo © Lori Grinker

Dani Shimoni in the pool at Beit Halochem, Warrior’s Home, in Tel Aviv, Israel, 1995

“When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for my chance to be a soldier. It’s crazy, it’s a sickness... but back then I thought that was the only way to survive here." 

Country: Israel

Born: 1960

Served: Israeli Defense Forces

Conflict: Israeli Invasion of Lebanon 1982-85

Photo © Lori Grinker