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"Endless War": SU Students To Tell Tale Of Fmr. Child Soldier

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SALISBURY, Md. - Three Salisbury University graduate students are finishing up prep work for their documentary.

In just three weeks, they'll be crossing the Atlantic headed for Africa.

"We know that the terrain is going to be rugged," said Martin Jones.

Jones, a producer for the film says the idea started in September when Charles Wratto, a former child soldier spoke at SU. Jones later sat down with Wratto, who told him his story of survival and goal to build a new school in Liberia.

"I made a promise to Charles that I would help him go back and find his family and document this so that he can now move forward with the real work of getting the school finished," said Jones. "We want to make sure that we do justice to actually everything that he's been through."

Now, Jones and his crew await a January 6th flight to Liberia.

But the 10-day trip isn't as simple as just packing and boarding. Photographer Jordan Johnson says right now they're working on clearance with the United States Embassy.

Next up: funding.

The trip will cost $15,000. The group has already applied for $3,000 worth of grants through the university and launched efforts through Kickstarter.

"We'd like to make it beyond just three students," said Johnson. "We want to make it beyond just Salisbury University, if we could make it a Maryland thing, that would be great."

Jones says he has already secured about $3,000 in funding and hopes that not only the university grants come through, but that they also allow him to take the cameras overseas.

Jones says no matter what, the teams are determined to tell Wratto's story and will even shell out the remaining money if necessary.

University officials tell WMDT that at this time, the project is not funded by the university and they are currently looking over the group's proposals to see if that's an option.

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