Prince Tommy Williams was kidnapped by Sierra Leonean rebels when he was 15[/caption]
Prince Tommy Williams, who used to be a child soldier in Sierra Leone, was one of hundreds of volunteers who helped fight the spread of Ebola.Last weekend, the country was declared free of the virus that killed almost 4,000 people in the country over the past 18 months. He told the BBC’s Richard Hamilton about his experiences in the civil war, which ended in 2002, and his Ebola work: I had a normal family life before the war started in 1991. But at 15 I was kidnapped by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels and taken to the jungle where I was trained on how to use a gun and initiated into the group. I thought it was the end of my life. It was like living in a different world, not like living on earth. They used a blade to cut the letters RUF into my chest, so if I was thinking about escaping I knew that I could be killed if I got caught by militia who supported the government. The rebels also threatened to cut off my legs or arms if I tried to flee, and I saw this happen to other people. Sometimes they would even take out the heart from someone’s chest and cook it up with onions and ask people to eat it. It seems like a nightmare now.