Angom Rita blew the lid off many cases of child abduction The first incident of a child soldier came to light in 2008 when Angom Rita, a 34- year- old widow from Lourembam locality in Imphal, went to the police to report the abduction of her only son, Angom Langamba, then 10. Langamba and his friend Yengkhom Naobi were lured away by two men a kilometre away from their home. They were taken to the Prepak training camp where they found four other boys of their age. Rita’s bold step of approaching the police blew the lid off several other cases of child abduction. Prepak arranged a press conference and declared that the children had come of their own free will. Rita’s son was released.“We were ordered at gunpoint to tell journalists that we had joined Prepak on our own,” says Langamba, now 14.