Chad: Protect Children from Rebel Recruitment

07/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When my colleague Erin Weir and I visited refugee camps in eastern Chad this past May, we heard repeated concerns of child recruitment by armed groups, including both rebel groups and the Chadian National forces.  This was a particular issue in the Oure Cassoni camp near Bahai.

Oure Cassoni lies very close to the border with Sudan, a fact that has long worried many of the organizations that work there, since it has led to problems within the camp related to the presence of armed groups - in particular, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). 

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