In South Sudan, a ghost of wars past: Child soldiers

by Isma’il Kushkush

Wounds of War: Lat Padang, a soldier with the opposition army in South Sudan who says he is 18, at a hospital in Bentiu after being wounded in battle.  Photo:  Lynsey Addario/New York Times

BENTIU, South Sudan — Stretched out on a tarp on the floor of a makeshift hospital on a dirt road outside this town, a soldier in a leg cast was laughing and joking with other wounded fighters. His smile was broad and innocent, his voice not yet changed by puberty.