Child Soldiers in Sudan

Involuntary recruitment of people who don’t want to fight, for all of the many reasons one might not want to, to fight in wars where they may be killed or seriously wounded, is wrong on all accounts. Military recruitment of children is especially wrong. And the kidnapping for military purposes of young children who may be killed, seriously wounded, and/or abused physically and sexually is beyond wrong.

In the US it would cause outrage and be stopped immediately (unless, of course, it was necessary for national security). In Sudan though there is not much people can do to stop it, and neither can the other countries where children are soldiers. Child welfare groups estimate that at least 100,000 children around the world are soldiers.

Unfortunately, Europe and the US are usually relatively unconcerned about children in their own countries, much less other people’s countries. Oil, though, is another matter.

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