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Child Soldiers

Congolese Warlord Convicted Of Using Child Soldiers

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 05.14.2012 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Thomas Lubanga and Joseph Kony are accused of leading jungle militias that turned African children into killers. While ...


AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Thomas Lubanga and Joseph Kony are accused of leading jungle militias that turned African children into killers, but wh...

Kony 2012: Fake Advocacy?

The State Press | Posted 05.13.2012 | College
The State Press

As Americans, we feel some responsibility in solving this problem that doesn't occur within our borders. Are we feeling remorseful for the economic inequity that we solidified for Africa?

WATCH: Is This Young Ugandan A Voice Of Reason In The Kony 2012 Debate?

Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices

With the release of a new Web film by the activist filmmakers behind last week's "Kony 2012" video -- a 30-minute documentary about the murderous Afri...

UNICEF: Stop Bickering. Remember Kids Are At Heart Of Kony Campaign

Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact

While the viral Invisible Children campaign has informed millions of the horrors child soldiers in Uganda face, another nonprofit wants to highlight j...

Why Should We Be Hunting Kony 2012?

Corrin Varady | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Corrin Varady

The international community needs more opportunities to argue and debate about our involvement in the world and especially Africa. We need to stop for a moment and question if we are doing enough and if so, is what we are doing actually RIGHT?

Social-Media Campaign Aims To Take Down World's No. 1 War Criminal (TAKE ACTION)

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2012 | Impact

Joseph Kony is not exactly a household name in the United States. Of course, few rebel leaders in sub-Saharan Africa are -- even ones like Kony, whom ...

Somalia: Warring Parties Put Children At Grave Risk

Human Rights Watch | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Since Somalia's conflict intensified in 2010 and 2011, al-Shabaab has increasingly forced children, some as young as 10, to join its dwindling ranks.

American Tax Dollars For Child Soldiers

Richard Stearns | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Richard Stearns

We can't fall into the trap of letting the ends justify the means. Sending children into war is never an acceptable means of trying to achieve some future good.

Child Soldiers and Perpetual War

Suzan Song | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Suzan Song

Internationally, the world has largely forgotten about the experiences of child soldiers from a decade ago. But now that the wars are over, these child soldiers are now adults, and expected to act as such.

Helping Former Child Soldiers Return to Normal in Chad (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.10.2012 | Impact
Christian Fuchs


Why Obama Sent Troops to Africa

Mia Farrow | Posted 12.25.2011 | World
Mia Farrow

2011-10-25-Screenshot20111025at2.08.25PM.pngWith U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama has the credibility to ask African and other nations to contribute troops and end atrocities in the most blighted parts of the continent.

U.S.: Don't Finance Child Soldiers

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The US government should reverse its decision to continue military assistance to governments using child soldiers, Human Rights Wat...

Obama Waives Penalties On Countries That Employ Child Soldiers – Again

Foreign Policy | Josh Rogin | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama has decided to waive almost all the legally mandated penalties for countries that use child soldiers and provide those countrie...

WATCH: Angelia Jolie Attends Congo Warlord Trial As 'Concerned Citizen'

Posted 10.28.2011 | Impact

A Congolese warlord accused of recruiting children as young as 9 to fight was brought to trial this week by the International Criminal Court. UN Ambas...

Former Burmese Child Soldier to Speak in Congress

Jack Healey | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

The project to bring Mr. Aung to the United States to speak in Congress about his experiences in the Burmese army began two years ago, when my intern Grace Powell and I sat down and began to discuss human rights abuses in Burma.

Cuba: Raising the Legal Age From 16 to 18

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.23.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Several weeks ago, the United Nations asked the Cuban authorities to raise the age of majority to 18 years. But there is little hope that such a demand will become fact.

The Conflicted Role Of Religion In The 'Rights' Of Children

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Making child rights into something that helps the children who need them most means hard, collaborative work by often unlikely partners.

Filipino Rebels To Discuss Their Alleged 600 Child Soldiers With U.N. Reps

AP | Posted 06.05.2011 | World

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group acknowledged Tuesday that its ranks include child soldiers and said its leaders wou...

Our Own Child Soldiers

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.29.2011 | Books
Aldo Civico

What if we look at the life of gang members through the experience of child soldiers in Africa? Is the experience of children manipulated and dragged into war all that different from the one of teenagers recruited by gangs in our own cities?

Giving A Voice To Africa's Child Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Julia Steers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The standard hope for most college kids embarking on foreign backpacking adventures is to "find oneself." On one such trip, Laren Poole, alongside fri...

Afghanistan: Child Soldiers and Dancing Boys

Radhika Coomaraswamy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Radhika Coomaraswamy

It was the religious elders of the Reis Shura Ulema in Afghanistan who initially apprised me of the practice of Bacha Bazi, where young boys are made to dance and then exploited sexually by the police.

Somalian Child Soldiers Will Be Released, Says UN

AP | TOM MALITI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia's government will work with the United Nations to release and rehabilitate child soldiers in its army, a U.N. envoy who...

Obama Easing Restrictions On Child Soldiers

The Cable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On Monday, the Obama administration waived sections of a law meant to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers in Africa, paving the way for new mili...

All in the Name of National Interest

Corrin Varady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Corrin Varady

"National Interest" used ambiguously to mean anything from economic resource security to one nations motivation for overstepping the line of another's...