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Underreported: Child Soldiers in Burma

Thursday, May 07, 2009

It’s been a year since a massive cyclone devastated Burma. Though much of the country is still in ruins the Burmese Armed Forces and associated armed groups have continued a decades long low-level conflict with opposing groups. According to a new report put out by Watchlist the Burmese government is coercing children as young as nine into the armed forces. On our second Underreported we’ll be joined by Julia Freedson, executive director of Watchlist and by Jennifer Haigh from the Karen Human Rights Group.

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Julia Freedson and Jennifer Haigh
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Comments [1]

Jane from UES

Have recently returned from Burma. As a tourist.

I think it should be noted that those child
soldiers -- that all soldiers -- are in the army for life. Keeping that in mind makes it easier to understand how the army can attack monks and civilians.

May. 07 2009 01:50 PM

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