Stacey Dooley Investigates: Kids with Guns (1×60′) – Stacey Dooley, one of the stars of the hit BBC Three series, Blood, Sweat And T-Shirts and her follow-up series Stacey Dooley Investigates, returns with two new moving and insightful documentaries exploring the issue of child exploitation.
An estimated 30,000 children have been used as soldiers during the 14-year conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. No one knows how many thousands are still in the forests, enslaved by armed militias. With the help of local charity workers, Stacey Dooley meets children who have been soldiers and hears their personal accounts of what life as a child solider entailed. She visits a rescue centre where boys and girls arrive daily, rescued from guerrilla militia units as well as the Congolese National Army.
Stacey meets other boy soldiers and hears their terrifying experiences first hand. Accompanying a local charity she goes to a frontline Congolese National Army camp, where she witnesses the rescue of two boys. With the charity, she takes one boy home as he’s reunited with his family, from whom he was stolen over eight years ago.
Stacey’s journey depicts the terrifying complexities of war where young kids have been separated physically and emotionally from their law-abiding families.
Producer: Ricochet Productions
TX: Autumn 2010