Tag Archives: Child Soldiers

Young Girls Held As Soldiers In DR Congo

Children are still being recruited and abused in conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“Used as combatants, labour and sex slaves, victims of months-long violence and rape, girls are all too rarely freed by the armed forces and groups,” UNICEF said in a news release in Goma, eastern DRC, marking the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers, noting that only 20 per cent of freed children under the agency’s care were girls. via YubaNet.com.

Please read about the use of children as soldiers and spread the word about this horrific abuse.

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Bush Signs Law on Child Soldiers (Human Rights Watch)

Human Rights watch is reporting that President Bush has signed the Child Soldiers Accountability Act. The act, which was introduced more than a year ago, makes it a federal crime to knowingly recruit or use soldiers under the age of 15 and gives the United States the right to prosecue anyone on US soil, even if the crime did not occur on US Soil.

“The US is saying to the world that using child soldiers is a serious crime and that it will take action,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocate for Human Rights Watch.

via Human Rights Watch, 3-10-2008.

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