Sunday, June 10, 2007

Invisible Children

One of the beautiful things about the electronic age is the ease it's given us in contact our Senators and Representatives. Today I received an email from World Vision:

Did you know that an estimated 250,000 children are exploited in armed conflicts worldwide? These "child soldiers" are forced to serve as combatants, spies, human mine detectors and sex slaves.

You can do something to help end this horrific practice. Join us as we speak out and say "no child soldiers."

The Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007

Stopping the use of child soldiers begins at home. The United States currently provides military assistance to eight of the nine countries that are reportedly implicated in child soldier usage:

  • Burundi
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Uganda
However, a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would put restrictions on U.S. military assistance for governments that use child soldiers.

The Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007 (S.1175) would curtail U.S. military assistance to governments that fail to take steps to demobilize and stop forcing/recruiting children into the armed forces or government-supported militias. Countries that do take steps to disarm, demobilize and rehabilitate child soldiers would be eligible for certain forms of assistance to help professionalize their forces and ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to finance the exploitation of children in armed conflict.

Ask your Members of Congress to support the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007. American tax dollars should not be used to support the exploitation of children as soldiers, and American weapons should not end up in the hands of children.

Thank you for partnering with us as we advocate for children around the world.

God bless,

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Rich Stearns
President, World Vision U.S.





If you haven't heard of Invisible Children, I urge you to visit their site, watch the movie and donate what you can to their cause. And please, send the message to your reps in Washington. It only takes about 2 minutes.

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