DAKAR (AlertNet) – Peter, 13, is afraid of going to sleep some nights because when he closes his eyes, he sees things he doesn’t want to remember.

“I see someone doing bad things to people and I think it’s me,” he says from his home in Central African Republic (CAR).

A former child soldier snatched by rebel fighters from the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Peter recalls the atrocities — looting, killings and abductions — he was forced to commit alongside other children. 

Hundreds of children like Peter are being kidnapped, recruited into armed groups and denied humanitarian help in CAR, the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) said in a report released on Wednesday…