Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Child Soldiers and Sex Slaves in Today's Congo

While you are propped up in front of your TV or out at a disco or football game, 9000 miles away boys are being abducted and forced to serve as soldiers, and young girls are being seized and forced into sexual slavery.

And as much as I wish this were just some edgy new Hollywood TV show, it is deadly serious.

Today, Michel Bonnardeaux, a spokesman for the U.N. Mission in Congo confirmed that children are being recruited by different armed groups, "especially by the rebel forces of warlord Laurent Nkunda."

This, despite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights having been signed over 60 years ago.

There's nothing wrong with Sunday football or a night out at your favorite club. But there is everything wrong with Americans taking no responsibility for their fellow man who picked up a body this lifetime in a country like the Congo.

Write to your Congressman or Senator to tell them you want America to broker peace talks in the Congo so child soldiers are no longer needed and those who are getting away with such heinous anti-social acts are no longer protected by the pretense wartime expediency.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

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