Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Our abuse of Afghan children

It seems that when Afghan government officials aren't raping children, they are recruiting them to be child soldiers:

UN accuses Afghan government of abusing kids

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 24 (AP) - Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the government and armed groups in Afghanistan are perpetrating "grave abuses" against children by recruiting them to fight... (link)

The Afghan press has more:
UNICEF also said Western military operations were killing more children, and pointed to an air strike in July in which 30 of the 47 civilians killed were children.

The report contained documented cases of Afghan security forces recruiting children aged between 15 and 17, although Johnson said children were rarely abducted and forced into working as soldiers and most were driven to join up by poverty... (link)

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