(The Guardian) – I spent seven years in the bush in Uganda, a child soldier, held captive by an armed group and forced to become the “wife” of a rebel commander. My best friend was killed in front of me. My baby died before it was born. But I escaped, and believe speaking out about my experiences is the best way to help others who are suffering in the same way. There are children in war right now, people who are taken away and forced to fight for a cause they do not understand – that is why today, 12 February, is Red Hand Day, an annual commemoration to bring attention to the fates of child soldiers.