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Upcoming Event in UK and NPR Story on Militias in Iraq

In the UK, the Conservative Party Human Rights Commision will hold a hearing on Child Soldiers April 23, 2008.  Stay tuned for a report on the proceedings…

Today on Morning Edition of NPR, there was an interesting report on the Sadr Militias support of IDPs (internally displaced persons) in Iraq, many of which are children – providing the militias with reliable source for new recruits.  The concern is the early preparation of children for warfare, similar to what has occurred in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Even if they’re not directly being given guns, they are being indoctrinated at a very young age.  

Of course, it is not news that children have been used by insurgents throughout the Iraq war, see an article on CNN.com written in 2006 on a UN report on the use of “child insurgents”.

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