November 29, 2020

Mali: Islamists, Free Child Soldiers!

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child-soldier-mali-pic-2  Target: International Criminal Court

Sponsored by: Brittany E.G.

Islamist armed groups in Mali (Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) should immediately end all recruitment, training, and use of child soldiers.

27-07-2009childWitnesses who have seen conflicts between the Islamist groups and the Malian army said they saw children as young as 11 fighting, working checkpoints, doing foot patrols and riding in patrol vehicles, and standing guard with prisoners. France has been conducting an aerial assault to block these groups from going south, and many of these children have been near areas where this has been occurring.

The French and Malian armies, as well as the Islamist armed groups, should all do everything in their power to protect the lives of Mali_editthese children. Using child soldiers is a war crime. Please tell the International Criminal Court to investigate and make sure all child soldiers are freed!

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