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Former child soldiers television star Lance Kerwin sentenced on KauaiNews Trends (blog)Lihue, Hawaii (AP) – A former child TV star Lance Kerwin has charge of five years probation after pleading guilty to a theft. Kerwin, who played the title ...and more »
Teens bike to raise awareness for child soldiersEMC Ottawa SouthEMC News- There are 250000 child soldiers in use around the globe today. And a group of five passionate and determined teens from Ottawa want to see that ...
Official autumn BB3 previewTV.comIn Stacey Dooley Investigates – Kids With Guns, Stacey meets child soldiers in the Congo and hears their personal accounts of what life as a child soldier ...and more »
BBC3 travels to Glasgow and the Congo in its autumn seasonThe GuardianIn Stacey Dooley Investigates – Kids With Guns, she meets child soldiers in the Congo. A second one-off film, Child Sex Trafficking In Cambodia, ...
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More and more children are being recruited to become soldiers by Somalia's transitional government, which is partially funded by the US taxpayer. Some of them are as young as nine years old. Related Article: nyti.ms
www.unicef.org A regional conference on the recruitment and use of children in armed forces and groups will take place 7-9 June in N'Djamena, Chad -- organized by UNICEF and the Government of Chad to seek international commitments on ending the use of child soldiers and better providing for their re-integration and care. Here is a related story. N'DJAMENA, Chad, 28 May 2010 -- For Dowa Samna, 19, working at a garage in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, is a far cry from his former life in the armed forces. The former child soldier recalls that conditions in the military were rough. "We did not eat regular meals," he says, "and we had to share everything." Dowa joined the Chadian National Army when he was 16 but was demobilized a year later when the authorities discovered his true age. Decades of conflict in Chad have left children like Dowa vulnerable to recruitment by armed forces and rebel groups. There are an estimated 7000 to 10000 child soldiers in the country. But there is reason for hope. Dowa's release from the army followed a 2007 agreement between UNICEF and the Government of Chad to intensify efforts aimed at getting children out of armed groups and forces and back into society. This accord, in turn, followed Chad's signed commitment to the Paris Principles, an international agreement to stop the recruitment of children in combatant and non-combatant roles.
As teenagers, they were recruited to fight in a civil war, often against their will. Now, thousands of former child soldiers in Nepal will be discharged from UN-monitored detention camps. The initial release is the first which will ultimately see thousands of former Maoist rebels reintegrate into civil society - marking a crucial chapter in the country's peace process. Gerald Tan reports.
They experienced the horrors of warfare while still in their teens and now in their 20s Nepal's former Maoist child soldiers are facing further distress. Thousands remain in UN-monitored camps, having been disqualified from serving in the country's security forces. The Maoists are demanding compensation from the government, while the government says the Maoists are using the former child soldiers for political purposes. Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley reports from Nepal.
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The principal challenge confronting Sri Lanka since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May 2009 will be the transformation of the current postwar situation into a post-conflict one. A government rehabilitation programme is underway in Sri Lanka to help those who became child soldiers during the war and just months ago were fighting against the nation. Al Jazeera's Tom Metcalfe reports.
Militia brigades abducting children and forcing them to become soldiers, porters and sex slaves is a huge problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last few months, fighting between the Congolese army and Rwandan Hutu rebels and other militias has intensified. Aid agencies describe the situation as catastrophic, warning that recruitment is on the rise. The children go through a terrifying ordeal. Almost immediately they are trained to kill. One tactic favoured by the militia is to force the child to murder a member of his own family There are doubts whether such children will ever recover from their experience at the hands of the rebels - even if they escape it takes time and a lot of rehabilitation before they are ready to go back to their families. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from Goma in DRC.
The Colombian government's 41-year war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) has become increasingly dangerous for children. The group is looking more and more at child soldiers - boys and girls below the age of 18 - as it seeks to recruit new fighters. The Colombian government says there are 9000 soldiers in that age group in irregular armies, but independent sources say the number is closer to 11000. Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from San Jose de Guaviare in Colombia.
Four young boys who were apparently recruited by Taliban fighters in northwestern Pakistan have been returned to their families by the military. They told Al Jazeera that they escaped from a training camp where they were being taught to become suicide bombers. Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports from Islamabad.
The Pakistani army has rescued dozens of child soldiers who were abducted by the Taliban in the North-West Frontier Province. But authorities warn the Taliban could be holding hundreds more and training them to become suicide bombers. Some of those rescued were as young as nine-years-old. Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports from the Swat city of Mingora.
It's just a choice between fear and love. They are opposing forces. We see how a fevered addiction to power drives men mad. It separates them from the cosmic consciousness. As much as their fears are figments of their imagination, they manifest this fear in a vice like grip of the physical world, which in effect drives you to fear too. The system is complete. Within it love and fear co-exist in mysterious ways. Which will you resonate?
In Uganda 1200 children learned how to use a weapon before they learned how to read. Knowing how to kill protected them from a certain death. And their warlords became their only family. In Uganda, a war lasting 21 years, left a horrific legacy, wiping out 40 percent of the population. Grace Akallo Former child soldier (Uganda) (ORIGINAL ENGLISH) 44.40 I stayed in captivity for seven months. I was trying to be a soldier, I was giving as a wife to a commando but after seven months I escaped from Sudan , back to Uganda and I get money to back to school. Now Im doing my master in international development. Children were often kidnapped in the streets on their way to school, in class or on their way back home. Other times, captors bomb attacked schools and hospitals, and abducted them. This is how they become child soldiers. Some managed to escape from the armed groups. However, their families and friends often rejected them because they had become just like adult guerrilla fighters. They slept on the streets and would walk 10 kilometers daily searching for food or a safe place to stay. Given the dramatic situation, many are trying to offer assistance. They include governments and especially Catholic groups like the Santa Monica Center, supported by the Community of St. Egidio. Rosemary Nyerumbe Director, Santa Monica Center (Uganda) They have to walk, every day. Some are walking more than three kilometres to run away from the own homes, to run away from the own parents to ...
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The United Nations has accused the Sri Lankan military and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of recruiting child soliders. The international body says thousands have been kidnapped from their villages and forced into the 25-year conflict. The government says it has been taking steps to help child soldiers who were captured or surrendered on the battlefield. David Hawkins reports from a rehabilitation centre in Ambepussa in central Sri Lanka.
amnestyusa.org Since 1996, Eastern DRC has been in conflict with over 10 militia groups operating in the region. These include the Mai-Mai, the RCD-Goma and the FDD. Children make up the majority of soldiers within all of the armed forces. "On the Frontlines" is a co-production of WITNESS and AJEDI-ka/PES
President Obama has temporarily halted the military commission trials at Guantanamo while they are reviewed. But if they aren't disbanded, the US will oversee the first trial of a child soldier accused of war crimes since World War II. This video shows why President Obama must end the unconstitutional military commissions once and for all, and why he must bring the United States back in line with the treaties it has signed regarding the treatment of juveniles who have been recruited or used in armed conflict. Here is some background: Canadian citizen Omar Khadr was 15 years old when he was captured in Afghanistan in the midst of a firefight that seriously injured Khadr and resulted in the death of a US solider. Khadr was sent to Guantanamo where he was been held for 7 years -- one-third of his life. He was beaten, subject to painful stress positions and even used as a human mop after he urinated on the floor during one interrogation. Under these conditions, the prosecution of Khadr raises grave concerns about the rule of law. Ending the military commissions will also spare ACLU client Mohammed Jawad from trial in an illegal system. Jawad was sent to Guantanamo after he was captured at about age 16 at the scene of a grenade attack in Afghanistan that injured two US soldiers. Afghan authorities threatened Jawad with his death, and that of his family, if he didn't confess to the attack. Based on the resulting false confession, Jawad was transferred to US custody where he was ...
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His parents died, shot in the head Killed by his unit alone at night They took the kid and gave him drugs They gave him guns, taught him to kill He's still a child But now a soldier Can't comprehend What's going on The gun's weight is almost too heavy For his tiny little hands All he has learned has no more value And he has lost all his friends Only soldiers now surround him, Kids who used to be his pals But the past is now forgotten, He just went straight to hell His mind is drugged, no feelings left A perfect killer, who obeys? Now he's killing the innocent To get more orphans for recruitment He's still a child But now a soldier Can't comprehend What's going on The gun's weight is almost too heavy For his tiny little hands All he has learned has no more value And he has lost all his friends Only soldiers now surround him, Kids who used to be his pals But the past is now forgotten, He just went straight to hell
The conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has forced some 250000 refugees across the border into Chad, where they are housed in 12 refugee camps. Rebel groups from Darfur and Chad -- as well as the Chadian Army itself -- often use the camps to help fill their ranks, including the recruitment of children. Freelance journalist David Axe traveled to Chad this summer, where he visited a refugee camp and looked at this issue. He also toured a school set up to help former child soldiers.
People & Power follows a former child soldier, known only as Madeleine, from the Democratic Republic of Congo as she undertakes an advocacy mission at the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women.
A TV commercial directed by Murray Mackintosh or Amnesty International against the use of child soldiers around the world. Two children from different backgrounds get up and get ready for the day. On the way to school, the one gets shot by the ruthlessly by the other
Military leaders have fuelled Burundi's 10 year armed conflict by recruiting and abducting children, destroying their childhood and their future. Mohammed Adow, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Burundi, reports on the extent of child soldiering and the process of demobilising child soldiers in the context of conflict and poverty. Meanwhile, both government and opposition forces have been accused of enlisting children as young as 11 to fight their cause.
For more information or to donate to the film, please visit www.NepalDocumentary.com. This is the trailer to the new documentary "Returned: Child Soldier's of Nepal's Maoist Army" This film depicts child soldiers returning home after the Maoist People's War in Nepal. The film examines why children join armed groups and explores ways to prevent future recruitment by following the lives of two girl soldiers and two boy soldiers. The children describe how they became associated with the Maoist People's Liberation Army during the 11-year civil war between the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists and the Government of Nepal. The children describe how poverty, lack of education, and gender and ethnic discrimination led them to join the Maoists. The children also express positive aspects of their association with the Maoists, such as respect from others, learning about politics, and helping their country. The children describe their feelings about being sent home by the United Nations after a peace accord was signed in November 2006. Some children express their belief that coming home is much worse than their experiences during association. They report the community discrimination and harassment they suffered back in their homes and villages. One girl describes how her family was so ashamed of her that she was forced to marry a man from a distant village who physically and sexually abused her. Other children describe how they are working with Maoist affiliated groups in the villages ...
A shocking new study finds US children lag far behind their international peers in subjects like rifle assembly and mine defusing. More coverage at: onion.com
From www.witness.org In the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where civil war has taken more than four million lives, children as young as six are routinely recruited by militias and taught to kill. It is estimated that children, most between 8 and 16 years old, make up 60% of combatants in the region. A Duty to Protect tells the story of Mafille and January, two girls who were recruited into the military at thirteen and ten years of age respectively. Mafille is a demobilized girl soldier whose experience of violence and secual exploitation cause her deep emotional scars. January is a girl soldier whose bravado veils her suffering, and whose characater and perceptions personify the complexity of the conflict and the views of the local population. This unique video also looks at the effects of the recruitment and use of child soldiers on their families and the broader community, concluding that the people of eastern DRC wish for peace and justice in their region.
With an estimated 350000 children currently serving as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts around the world, Virtue Foundation has pledged to help educate, rehabilitate, and reintegrate former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Partnering with actress Anne Hathaway, the Foundation launched the "Child Soldiers Youth Project," raising awareness of child soldiers among high school students in the US and providing them with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these child soldiers.
A video about child soldiers around the world.
To download our music go to: www.fairtracks.de Add us: www.facebook.com Contact: Filmwerkstatt Muenster eV Gartenstrasse 123, 48147 Muenster, Germany fon: +49—251—230 36 21 fax: +49—251—230 36 09 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.filmwerkstatt.muenster.de Name of the band Karibuni Album: Shalom Salam - peace4kids a song against Child Soldiers sung in Lingala and German. Angola & Germany! Translation of the song: I went to Luanda as life in my village became unbearable Children went to school and didn´t come back Children went to fetch firewood and didn´t come back We have no school in the village The school has been bombed We have no hospital in our village The hospital has been bombed I went to Kinshasa as life in my village became unbearable Roberto was still going to school, but now he´sa soldier Roberto was playing in the village street and noone has seen him since then And I dream... No child soldiers And I dream... No child soldiers Don´t destroy the future of the children Give them a chance for a good future In my village there is no school anymore There is no hospital either, and life is hard there The school was bombed and then burnt down See the ruins where the hospital once stood? Roberto was just 15 and lived around here It´s been weeks now since I last saw him He was on his way to school with his friends Like every day when they were captured By a troop of soldiers, or were they rebels? I heard later from a friend that Roberto must now fight, shoot and obey I heard ...
There are over 300000 child soldiers in the world today, with a majority fighting in armed with rebel groups in Africa. I made this film using clips from the movie "Blood Diamond". It plays to "p5hng me awy" by Linkin Park from their Hybrid Theory remix album "Reanimation". The whole project was done for my World Issues class and is set to explain the problem, a solution, and who is helping to make the world better for refugee children.
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 16 October 2007 -- Maisha (not his real name) was 15 when he joined the Mayi-Mayi militia, a loose coalition of Congolese soldiers that emerged a decade ago in opposition to the Rwandan-backed Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD). According to Jason Stearns, a Nairobi-based senior analyst in the International Crisis Group, children make up 40 to 50 per cent of the militia forces. The Mayi-Mayi recruit children through force or manipulation. They also play on superstition to increase their ranks. 'Mayi' is a Swahili word for water, and the Mayi-Mayi say that magic powers turn bullets directed at them to water. They tell children that they, too, will become indestructible and can protect their families and communities from invaders. To read the full story, visit: www.unicef.org
I had an assignment to show signs and syntax by using at least 30 photos in 30 seconds. This is what I came up with.
12 year old S. Sathyam is also a child of Tamil parents who would have loved to celebrate their son's birthday just like Prabhakaran and his wife Mathivadhini were planning to celebrate the 20th birthday of their daughter Duwaraha in London on 4th June 2006. S.Sathyam's parents also would have liked to send their son abroad to study- just like Prabhakaran's son Charles Anthony & daughter Duwaraha. However, those unfortunate children like Sathyam face death by a stab to the heart, for not obeying the command of the LTTE terrorists to join the children's brigade- many are the unfortunate children who have suffered similar fate at the hands of a sadistic, brutal & blood-thirsty terrorist group called LTTE. On 20th May 2006 a photo taken shows S.Sathyam's mother weeping beside the dead body of her son. Only the children of LTTE cadres have the" privilege" & luck to be educated in the west and celebrate birthdays at the expense of donations received or rather extorted from Tamils who live abroad! Anton Balasingham who claims to be the champion & chief negotiator of the LTTE movement is enjoying all the comforts and privileges of the western world by being married to a western wife and living in the west- away from the misery they have created for their own Tamil community in Sri Lanka for 30 years. All this is for the sake of " a mythical Tamil Homeland" for terrorist warlords. The separation must clearly be made between the majority Tamil community and the terrorists. In ...
Children forced to be soldiers and orphaned due to Rebel attacks receive help through Village of Hope Uganda
A documentary about Sierra Leonaen children returning to school after 10 years of civil conflict. Made by Chester yang and Benjamin Darras
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One former child soldier tells us of the horrors she experienced.
BÉOUÉ VILLAGE, Côte d'Ivoire, 15 May 2007 -- Béoué, 18, is slender and looks rather small for his age. When he is carrying the mud for the chicken coop that he and his friends are building, it becomes clear how strong he actually is. He is obviously used to organizing activities and delegating responsibility, so the coop is built quickly. In 2002, Béoué's life changed drastically when war broke out in Côte d'Ivoire and an armed rebellion split the nation in two, drawing in warlords and fighters from neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Béoué's village was attacked and burned. Those who were fit enough managed to escape and hide in the bush. Béoué, who was 13 at the time, decided he wanted to join the fighting forces. He felt he had nothing to lose, since most of his relatives had been killed in the attack. For more information please visit www.unicef.org
The child soldier, of Sierra Leone, who witnessed and committed war atrocities talks about his new book.
This is a school project. The video is to raise awareness of the use of child soldiers [in Nepal by the Maoist rebel group.]
The purpose of this video is to bring awareness to this global issue. Child soldiers can be found in countries all over the world. Not enough is being done to solve the problem. The song in the vid is : Breathe me - Sia