This atrocious use of children in warfare is the disgrace of Somalia. Now we can do something to put an end to the heinous abuses of these innocents. Last week our petition helped to galvanize World Leaders into sending much-needed aide to the region. Please don't stop there - your signature is needed here too - so please take one moment out of your busy day to think of a child:
In recent years the humanitarian crisis in Somalia has dramatically worsened as conflict between various factions has led to all-out anarchy replete with horrific human rights abuses including the recruitment of child soldiers.
Help the children of Somalia escape forced military servitude.»
Somali refugees point to child solider recruitment as their primary reason for fleeing this lawless state. Militant Islamist groups start by indoctrinating children in mosques, and if that method fails they promise money, raid schools and playgrounds, accost cars at the border, and threaten networks of relatives. Once in the military boys are trained as soldiers and suicide bombers while girls are servants subjected to rape and forced marriage.
Currently, United Nations (UN) and certain member states of the European Union (EU), supply the Somalian Transitional Federal Government (TFG) with weapons, money and military equipment that can easily fall into the hands of groups who recruit children into their army.
The involvement of children in war is unacceptable. Demand that weapons and supplies given to the TFG be witheld until it can be assure that they do not fall into the wrong hands and contribute to groups who recruit child soldiers.»
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