I Want Peace More Than Diamonds: Confessions of a Boy Soldier

AuthorKenji Goto
PublisherChoubunsha Publishing
ISBN978 - 4811380018
PublicationJuly, 2005
Estimated length105P
Size212 × 150 mm
The Republic of Sierra Leone is a country in Africa, where people are said to have the shortest life expectancy in the world. It is because the civil war between the government army and the rebels has torn the country apart. Profits from diamonds, for which the country is renown, are all used to fuel war. Fear spreads as boys shoot guns and wield knives at innocent people…

  1. A Town Named for ‘Freedom’
  2. People Who Lost Their Hands and Feet
  3. Families Were Attacked by Child Soldiers
  4. Looking for the Child Soldiers
  5. They Called Him “ Killer in the Bush”
  6. Children Impaired by Drugs
  7. Tending the Traumatized Minds
  8. Freed from Fighting
  9. Mulia’s School
  10. “I Want To Be President”
  11. To Live His Own Life
    ~A Day in Mulia’s Life~
    About Sierra Leone

About the Author

Born in 1967 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Kenji Goto worked as a freelance journalist and photographer until his sudden death at the hands of ISIS in January 2015. His 2005 book on child soldiers in Africa, I Want Peace More than Diamonds (Daiyamondo Yori Heiwa ga Hoshii) – an installment in a series – won the Sankei Children’s Book Award. His three other titles in the series are Passing On Life: The Story of a Sixteen-Year-Old Mother with HIV; Prayers of Rwanda: The Story of a Family Who Lived Through the Civil War; and If I Could Go to School: The Story of a Young Girl in Afghanistan. Kenji also contributed to Japanese television broadcasters NHK and TV Asahi. He worked tirelessly as a journalist to raise awareness of civilian suffering in war zones and continues to inspire many through his previous tweets (@kenjigotoip), which have gone viral. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


PublicationJuly, 2005