From Child Soldier to U.S. Marine

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tchicayo Missamou gives an account of his experience as a child soldier in Congo and his journey to America. In his book In the Shadow of Freedom: A Heroic Journey to Liberation, Manhood, and America, he tells the story of the horrific civil war in his country, becoming a soldier at 11, having to flee his country at 18, and eventually making his way to America, where he joined the Marines.


Tchicayo Missamou

Comments [6]


what a great story of encouragement from any person of similar background and experience, spoken from the heart especially without reliving the traumatic memories. which mean he has triumphed over his adversities.

Aug. 28 2010 01:55 PM
john from office

What does his experience say about balck America. The lack of success in black America is not due to the lack of opportunity.

Sad, that he thinks black culture is baggy pants, sneakers. and talking in slang.

This guest is no ones victim, but a proud american.

Aug. 28 2010 09:21 AM
David from Boston

What a testament to human perserverance and greatness this man is.

Kind of makes one wonder about one's own lack of initiative.

Tchicayo is the kind of person who will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.

Aug. 27 2010 08:13 PM
Fuva from Harlem


Silly comment. Different context, and other reasons...

Aug. 27 2010 12:51 PM

What a great story!

Aug. 27 2010 12:45 PM
Jon from ny

If a white guest came on and said "black man" as many times as this guy said "white man" and made any number of other "ethnic" observations during the interview he would be castigated.

Aug. 27 2010 12:38 PM

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