Charles Wratto is a conflict analyst, peacebuilding & post-war reconstruction expert.
From age 8, Charles Wratto witnessed and survived the horrors of two civil wars — one in his native Liberia and another in neighbouring Sierra Leone as a refugee. At age 14, he was captured and forced to become a soldier in Liberia.
Wratto considers himself fortunate compared to many of the child soldiers he fought alongside. In 2001, he left Liberia and went to Mali, where he met Belemina Obunge, a Nigerian national. Obunge took him in as a son and helped him finish grade school. Wratto then completed his BSc in international relations and strategic studies at Nigeria’s Igbinedion University, and obtained his Masters and Ph.D. at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
His research focuses on peace and human security, navigating the specific areas of post-war reconstruction, children in armed conflict, and states' response to crises and conflict.