BURUNDI, AFRICA -- CHILD SOLDIERS
Clarence Williams, photographer
Officers watch as the recruits in training march by.
Since 1993, Burundi has been gripped by a civil war between the Tutsi-led government and rebel groups dominated -- and claiming to represent -- the Hutu majority population. The government has herded the mostly Hutu population into camps near the capital city of Bujumbura. Children from the camps join the army and guerilla groups in order to escape the poverty, food shortages and boredom of the camps. Desperation and hopelessness drives some despite -- such as Ntirandekura, 16, pictured here -- to think that they have little choice but to join. Others join in a relatively open manner, such as the boys pictured at Muramvya Training Camp, a training camp for the army.
Location: Bujumbura and other locations in Burundi.