Trenton Meeuwsen

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Human Rights Watch reports surge in Taliban recruiting child soldiers

Human Rights Watch has found that an increasing number of children are being sent to fight by the Taliban. According to some reports, children as …

Afghanistan

I was a child soldier. Now I’m pushing for more support for survivors like me | Polline Akello

Abducted at 12, I was raped and my baby died before I was lucky enough to escape. At first I put my faith in silence – then I realised I had to speak out<p>I spent seven years in the bush in Uganda, a child soldier, held captive by an armed group and forced to become the “wife” of a rebel commander. …

Africa

Forced cannibalism, child soldiers scar S.Sudan war - African Union

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Forced cannibalism, mutilation of bodies, conscription of child soldiers and other human rights abuses have marked the war in South Sudan and may amount to violations of international law, an African Union (AU) report said on Wednesday.<p>Fighting broke out in the world’s youngest …

Africa

One man's incredible journey from child soldier to an Australian icon

From a Sudanese child soldier to a viral inspiration and social justice advocate, Deng Thiak Adut has delivered the 2016 Australia Day Address.<p>The …

Many South Sudan boys 'kidnapped to be child soldiers'

<b>Hundreds of boys in South Sudan have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the United Nations children's agency says.</b><p>The figure is a big increase on the 89 child abductions reported by Unicef last month.<p>Their latest statement blamed a militia group allied to the government.<p>South Sudan …