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US Stops Funding Some Militaries Using Child Soldiers

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image  A young boy with Islamist al-Shabab fighters during military exercises in Mogadishu, Somalia, January 2010.  © 2010 Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP Photo The Biden administration is finally putting firmer pressure on governments using child soldiers. On October 3, it announced that a majority of the 12 governments implicated in using child soldiers would be ineligible for certain categories of military assistance until they addressed the problem. In 2008, Congress passed a landmark law, the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, which withholds certain types of US military assistance…

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