Thursday, March 20, 2008

Child Soldiers

One of the most horrible exploitations of children is child soldiers. This is a huge problem in Africa and also several Middle East nations and al Qaeda. Most people think it is only the rebels and radicals that do it, but governments do so as well. This article tells a story of the Burundi government recruiting a 9 year old and then his path to recovery through the help of World Vision's Child Reintegration Project.

Another important piece of this article is about a bill in Congress, Child Soldier Protection Act that will block funding to governments who use children as soldiers that we all need to support. We are currently giving military assistance to 8 of the 9 governments who use child soldiers and this bill would put an end to that.

Hat tip: JoseNew

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