MADRE Statements

Take action for child soldiers in Colombia

Posted on: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Keywords: Colombia, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Latin America and the Caribbean

All sides in Colombia's armed conflict exploit children as soldiers. Some are as young as eight years old. These children are virtual slaves, often sexually abused and forced to commit violence--even murder--so that their childhood and humanity are destroyed.

The Colombian government is legally obligated to end the abuse of child soldiers on its territory, yet the outrage continues. Right now, the US State Department is in a position to make a difference. Tell Secretary Clinton that it's time to take a stand for human rights in Colombia.

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