My Encounter With The World’s First Twin Child Soldiers and General Butt-Naked, the Notorious Liberian Warlord
By Moco McCaulay
Liberia is a nation of many firsts, some admirable and some anything but. The first independent country in Africa, the first democratically-elected female president in Africa, and most recently, the first country in Africa to have its former head of state convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Another first that Liberia may have recorded during its bloody civil war, which was marked by the use of children as combatants, may be the case of Emmett and Eugene Gray, identical twins who were conscripted into a murderous rebel army at the age of 11, violently snatching away the sanctity of their childhood and casting them into the middle of the turbulent wave of ferocious violence that swept over their country.