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Child Soldiers

Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

In Russia, thousands of government-funded clubs are producing what is called "military-patriotic education" for children. Accepting both boys and girls, these clubs teach them military exercises, some of which employ heavy military equipment.

After Release by Armed Groups, Children Learn to Be Children

Donaig Le Du | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Donaig Le Du

Starting a new life is never easy, especially when you are a child, still living in a camp for internally displaced persons, and when you have witnessed - or done - what no human being should ever have to experience.

The Child Veterans of South Sudan Want to Know: Will Americans Support Them?

Nick Turse | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
Nick Turse

Year after year, President Obama provided waivers to sidestep the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act, by which Congress prohibited the U.S. from providing military assistance to governments filling out their ranks with children.

Over 350 Child Soldiers In Central African Republic Released From Captors

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact

Peace talks between governing bodies, aid organizations and armed groups in Central African Republic have led to a historic number of children being f...

The Plight of Children in Armed Conflict

Nausheen Khan | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Nausheen Khan

It was an ordinary Tuesday for most of us in the world, but for the children of Central African Republic (CAR), the decision taken on this day will have a significant impact on the direction that their lives take in the future. Or simply put, it will mean that they actually have a future.

Escaping War Saved My Life. Song and Dance Saved My Soul.

Okello Kelo Sam | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Okello Kelo Sam

Whenever I feel a darkness creep into my soul, I sing, dance and play music on the adungu, a traditional hand-held harp of northern Uganda. It always works, the darkness recedes. Art is my detox.

ISIS Has Reportedly Created Hundreds Of Child Soldiers

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2015 | World

BEIRUT, March 24 (Reuters) - Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of ...

Why ISIS Is Increasingly Using Kids As 'Cubs Of The Caliphate'

Mia Bloom | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Mia Bloom

ISIS has been operating from the pedophile's playbook.

Colombia: ICC Preliminary Examination Report and Peace Negotiations

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

In December 2014, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) published its annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. This report includes information on Colombia and Honduras, among others

UN: ISIS Reportedly Crucified, Buried Children Alive In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as se...

Sophia Jones

Escaped Syrian Child Soldier: 'Don't Join ISIS'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

An escaped Islamic State child soldier in Sanliurfa, Turkey, shows the scar on his neck to a reporter on Jan. 27. He says a bullet grazed his neck d...

Amid Boko Haram's Latest Killings: I Vow to #RememberOurGirls

Okello Kelo Sam | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Okello Kelo Sam

No, social media won't return the girls. But it got my attention and probably yours. It's been said by the demonstrators what is needed is a renewed campaign to once again gain mindshare of a distracted world.

An Ebola Fighter Named Moses Leads Orphans to Safety

Amy Spies | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Amy Spies

Moses treads a lonely trail through Ebola barricades to provide psychosocial aid so that these traumatized victims do not become another lost generation.

South Sudan's Leaders Must Act Now to End Suffering

A View from the United Nations | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
A View from the United Nations

In October, the Government signed a joint communiqué with the United Nations in which it agreed to concrete measures for the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.

The Life of a Gay, Former Child Soldier

Diriye Osman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Stanlake is a beautiful, androgynous teenager living on a dangerous and desolate council estate in South London with his mother, Poppy. They're both recently arrived immigrants in the UK.

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

REPORT: Syrian Rebels Sending Child Soldiers Into Battle

Reuters | Sylvia Westall | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

BEIRUT, June 23 (Reuters) - Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising th...

South Sudan: The Risk of Becoming a Child Soldier

World Vision | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
World Vision

Conflict damages children in so many ways but one of the most injurious is when the very conditions created by war then lead to their recruitment into armed groups and the perpetuation of harm.

From a Former Child Soldier, Why We Must End the Violence in South Sudan

Ger Duany | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Ger Duany

I learned how to use weapons before I could read and write. It was not my decision, it happened simply because, during the civil war, there were no schools, so that AK-47s in our hands replaced our pens and books.

Pioneering Human Rights Activism Through Digital Technology

Global Kids | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids teaches youth about the issues, and then we get to do something about it, whether it is a virtual camp or creating a film and putting it on the web so that everyone else can see and learn.

World of Warcraft in Real Life

Nick Turse | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Nick Turse

Another week, another revelation about spying by the National Security Agency. This time, it was the NSA's infiltration of online video games and virtual realms like World of Warcraft and Second Life.

America's Child Soldiers

Ann Jones | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

The JROTC program, still spreading in high schools across the country, costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It has cost some unknown number of taxpayers their children.

Obama and Putin Must Stop The Appalling Slaughter of Syria's Children

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Today is World Human Rights Day and is the 20th year to mark this very important event to advance humanity. But to this day millions of children are caught in a viscous cycle of armed conflicts and are exposed to the most egregious forms of violence, deprived of health care and an education.

ReThink Review: Ender's Game -- Child Soldiers and Saviors

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As a newcomer to the series, I found myself much more interested in the film's take on leadership, the military, war, and empathy for one's enemy.