Relating the horror of the child soldiers at war

King Edward VI School student Angus Kirk, who has made the final of Amnesty International's Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition.
King Edward VI School student Angus Kirk, who has made the final of Amnesty International's Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition.
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A MORPETH student’s article about child soldiers’ horrific experiences has been put on a national competition shortlist.

Angus Kirk, 13, has made the top 10 out of almost 600 entries for Amnesty International’s Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year award, run by Amnesty International UK and Learnnewsdesk.

Those who took part were asked to write an article or report of between 200 and 250 words on a human rights-related issue.

The King Edward VI School pupil wrote about the pain, abuse and mental suffering of children who are forced to do tasks such as plant roadside bombs, fire bullets and defend positions, even if that means getting shot.

KEVI Student Voice, Leadership and Enrichment Co-ordinator Victoria Najafi said: “Angus is very passionate about writing and as a reporter and forthcoming Editor of our school newspaper, I know that he and the school are absolutely delighted that he has been shortlisted in the final 10 entries.

“Amnesty International is certainly an organisation which Angus feels strongly about.”

The winner’s work will be showcased at the charity’s annual Media Awards in London in front of an audience of hundreds of the nation’s top journalists on May 24.

They will also receive a range of prizes, including a VIP trip to the Amnesty International and Guardian offices.