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Ball point pen on todays newsprint

..and puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.

At least according to the nineteenth century English poet, Robert Southey. And from the same poem:

What are our soldiers made of?
Pipeclay and drill, the foeman to kill

A chilling article in todays NYT about how US ally, Somalia, in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, isn't distinguishing between boys and soldiers, recruiting anyone that can carry a gun.

5 Comments
  1. June 14, 2010 -

    Disturbing. My sister was in Zaire years ago in the Peace Corps, teaching English to young children. The military came to her classes one day and grabbed the young boys and took them off to indoctrinate them and militarize them. They knew if they'd gone to the childrens' homes, their parents would have hidden them, so they nabbed them where they were learning. I still get goosebumps on my arm to think about that.

  2. June 14, 2010 -

    That's horrific Sue. Of course I knew that the rebels were snatching kids off soccer fields and brain washing them to fight, but I didn't know that the legitimate US supported government was doing the same. Us officials couldn't deny that US funds were being used to arm children. That's disturbing.

  3. Pat
    June 14, 2010 -

    I can hardly imagine these parents' worry and grief over these robberies.

  4. June 15, 2010 -

    Oh, I must have misled you, Larry--no--it was the Zaire military that was taking the children. Sorry!!! I didn't mean to imply it was US military.

  5. June 15, 2010 -

    No, I got that Sue. For years now, children have been enlisted to fight in Africa. The film Blood Diamond was set in Sierra Leone. but I know that this brand of child abuse has been taking place all over war torn Africa. I was referring to the US ally Somalia.