This special report portrays the lives of three children, victims of civil war in their native Sierra Leone. We look at both sides in the war — how the government and especially the rebels used children to fight in their armies. Having fled the violence, they entered a rehabilitation program for such children in Winnipeg. Their painful experiences are the focus for examining the escalation of the use of children as soldiers in war and their victimization. We also look at the initiatives and efforts of the Canadian government – in a similar fashion to the leading role it has undertaken in eliminating land mines – to convince the international community to prohibit the use of child soldiers and to put in place international agreements and practices that would protect children from the violence of civil war.