Archive for 'civil wars'
It’s interesting to watch developments in Myanmar as the country continues to emerge, seemingly, from its harsh past. Though its leaders have more to do, there are encouraging signs, including Myanmar on Monday releasing 24 child soldiers from its military. It is in line with officials’ pledge to halt child-rights violations. Pledges are important, and [...]
What an underreported topic this is. IRIN has a great report on it, pointing out that when girls are kidnapped by rebels and military groups, they often are described only as sex slaves. And no one ever talks about their participation in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs. I know I [...]
Posted: February 12th, 2013 under Africa, Americas, Asia, Women's rights, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues, slavery.
Tags: child soldiers, DDR programs, Joseph Kony, Lord's Resistance Army, rights of girls, Uganda, Yoweri Museveni
This sad story from the Associated Press, as printed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:
Posted: Thu, Aug. 2, 2012, 7:04 AM
Somali comedian who dared mock militants is killed
By Abdi Guled
The Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A popular Somali comedian and playwright who mocked Islamist militants for brainwashing children and killing civilians has been shot dead.
The 43-year-old TV [...]
As IRIN reports, the International Criminal Court has found former Liberian President Charles Taylor, also known for brutal meddling in neighboring countries, guilty on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sierra Leoneans must feel good about this show of justice delivered — especially via a system governed by laws and rules. It’s no surprise that the [...]
Let’s hope we aren’t seeing the unraveling of the fragile peace between the countries of South Sudan and Sudan (South Sudan became independent last July), but an alert from the International Crisis Group suggests bleak prospects for calm to prevail. There’s little long-lasting optimism derived from news, reported by the BBC reports today that “South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir [...]
My friend, Melissa Fitzgerald, is a longtime northern Uganda activist who has used her acting skills (she was a regular on West Wing) to produce a film on children in northern Uganda. Here’s information on the documentary, the times, and how to get tickets. Show up for it. Show up for the kids of northern Uganda.
Posted: October 17th, 2011 under Africa, NGOs, Uganda, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: child soldiers, documentaries, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Lord's Resistance Army, northern Uganda
This just in from CNN, that President Obama will send 100 U.S. troops “to help hunt down the leaders of the notoriously violent Lord’s Resistance Army.” That includes the top guy, Kony. This is good news — only if they find Kony and the others and, once and for all, disassemble this small but hideous militia [...]
Posted: October 14th, 2011 under Africa, International Criminal Court, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: Central African Repblic, DRC, Joseph Kony, Lord's Resistance Army, northern Uganda, Uganda
IRIN has an excellent analysis on whether child soldiers should be prosectued for their actions. The most compelling reason why they shouldn’t be? Because their actions flow from having been victimized and forced into their roles. Here’s the beginning of the IRIN report and read it in full here.
Analysis: Should child soldiers be prosecuted for their [...]
Posted: October 6th, 2011 under Africa, Asia, International Criminal Court, United Nations, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: child soldiers, children's rights, Geneva Conventions, International Criminal Court
The good folks at IRIN have published this chronology of Somalia’s political history leading up to the famine. It’s a terrific explainer of what has kept the Horn of African nation in such turmoil all these years. It covers some of the who, though mainly those within Somalia who have tormeted their fellow citizens. Left out [...]
I repost here a great story from those fine folks at IRIN on why Save the Children had such a hard time getting contributions for those affected by political violence in Cote d’Ivoire, while tens of millions of dollars was raised for Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Here it is. Visit the IRIN website for [...]
Posted: May 19th, 2011 under Africa, Asia, Disaster aid, NGOs, Natural disaster, civil wars, humanitarian.
Tags: charitable giving, Cote d'Ivoire, earthquake, IRIN, Japan, Save the Children, tsunami