From child soldier to Winnipeg engineer, how 1 boy escaped the bloodshed

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Daniel Mach is now an engineer in Winnipeg but grew up in a child soldier camp in South Sudan. (Facebook)

Barely able to hold a rifle and just six years old, Daniel Riak Mach was learning how to be a soldier. It’s a memory that won’t ever escape the now 31-year-old, who grew up in a camp for child soldiers in South Sudan.

Rebel fighters took him and other children from his home village in 1991 after a bloody fight, leaving families like his broken apart. It was part of the Bor massacre, which left an estimated 2,000 people dead during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

He remembers the day he ran for his life and the moment he was separated from his mom and dad who was herding cattle.

“We just ran out and everyone was crying and yelling.”

Mach said rebels came to defend his village after learning it had been under attack when the government decided to collude with rebel defector to destroy a rebel leader at the time. After the fighting was done, rebel troops scooped up Mach and other kids.

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