Since 1987, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has wreaked havoc on the people of northern Uganda, those bearing the brunt of this violence are children. Some 30,000 children have been abducted from their families and used as soldiers or sex slaves, while 12,000 civilians have been killed and 2 million displaced. Girls are often forced to be the ‘wives’ of their commanding officers, only to bare a new generation of child soldiers and sex slaves.
And this a few days ago:
(Human Rights Watch) and the United Nations investigations have confirmed a report on Sunday about the massacre that claimed the lives of many and seriously injured others in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The report indicated that at least 300 people were killed and 250 were kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels. The massacre lasted for four-days on 14 -17 December 2009 in Northern Haute Uele District in the Makombo area of DRC.
There is utterly no validation at any point to use children, some as young as ten, to fight a war. It's unquestionable barbarity that has to stop.