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RoméO Dallaire: Are Child Soldiers Any Less Human Than Your Kids?

World  (tags: africa, children, conflict, HumanRights, politics, society, war, child soldiers, war lords, UnitedNations )

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A single question struck General Roméo Dallaire when he stared down the barrel of that AK-47. Nearly 20 years later, it's a question that haunts him as much as it keeps him breathing. How do I get that child's finger off the trigger?

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Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:55 pm
I have a friend whose body still carries bullets fired at him in South Sudan, his home. He has 5 children, the oldest about 13, a tall boy who dutifully helps care for his brothers and sisters, but still a boy. If They were still living in South Sudan, this boy might easily have been recruited as a child soldier if for no other reason than his intimidating size. Snatched, drugged, indoctrinated --- their childhood stolen from them.

Roméo Dallaire is thrying to make a difference by going after the war lords, while others and the UN grapple with the child soldier side. In my estimation, this is a human tragedy of monumental proportions. When I look at this boy at church, I thank God that he is living in Canada and not subjected to such horrors. No child should be subject to war, let alone being made an instrument of death or a target for death.

Elizabeth Pugliese (8)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:38 pm
General Dallaire is a hero trying to save those others would destroy.

Vicky P (476)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:46 pm
of course not, but people don't think about that

pam w (139)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:29 pm
Look at Sudan and parts of Islamic Africa....where children are forced into roles NO child should have to know!

Marianne B (107)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 5:46 pm
This reminded me of a true story made into a movie. Gerard Butler as " The Machine gun Preacher" Go rent it, please..

Edith B (146)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:18 pm
I feel so sad for these children who are dragged from their homes and forced to be soldiers.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 12:36 am
..." many boys and girls are stolen from their families, abused, raped, drugged and turned into killers."

Most cannot even fathom that this happens. Much less what it does to the minds of the children. When children are abused beyond endurance, drugged, raped, punished for being kids...they can turn into anything. Cults, like religious cults, use this practice on an all too regular basis. These kids no no other thing to do than what they are made to do. It's that or die...or worse.

So very sad, cruel, inhumane...I don't even have words. But I appreciate you bringing this out to those who may not realize what goes on with these children of war.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 12:40 am
I am thankful to Roméo Dallaire for acting on this, doing something about it. Quite a man, to say the very least!

Frances D (133)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 12:43 am
Thank you for highlighting the plight of "child soldiers

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 12:53 am
Sorry for so many posts, but I just watched the trailer of the movie mentioned by Marianne. I would like to rent it. Thank you for the suggestion. The Machine gun Preacher:

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 1:45 am
For those that don’t know, Roméo Dallaire has written 2 books, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2007, out of print), and “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children” and has quite a history ”Roméo Dallaire”. I wish the world had more Roméo Dallaires.

Thanks everybody.

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 10:43 am
noted, thank you for sharing

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:57 pm
For those that don't know, Romé Dallaire has written two books, "Shake Hands With the Devil:The Journey of Roméo Dallaire" and "They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children".. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about him "Romé Dallaire". I wish the world had more Roméo Dallaires because he has a soldiers eye on the inhumanity of war.

I am posting this twice in hopes that the links will work this time. Thanks to Michael O for his help in this regard!
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