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Stopping the Use of Child Soldiers by ProQuest

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The number of conflicts in which children are directly involved dropped from 27 in 2004 to 17 at the end of 2007, according to research by the UK-based Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. But this decline is due more to the conflicts ending than to steps taken by governments to remove children from combat situations. Tens of thousands of children are still believed to be active participants in wars. The organization's 2008 report on child soldiers shows that, though governments are working to end the practice, they are not doing enough to support children transitioning back to normal lives. Moreover, nongovernmental combatants continue to recruit or kidnap children to meet their military needs.

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                                                                                                   diers — child veterans — access to
                                                                                                   scholarship and rehabilitation pro-
                                                                                                   grams, including psychological and
                                                                                                   psychiatric treatment, reports Philip-
                                                                                                   pine broadcaster GMA News.
                                                                                                     This strategy would benefit not
Stopping the Use of Child Soldiers                                                                 just the children, but society at large,
Slow progress is being made in ending the use of children in combat.                               according to the bill’s author, Rep.
                                                                                                   Nerissa Corazon Soon-Ruiz. Child



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                                                                                                   soldiers’ “involvement in acts of
      he number of conflicts in which         tect children would receive funding                  extreme violence and exposure to
      children are directly involved          t o h e l p p ro f e s s i o n a l i z e t h e i r   horrific situations may desensitize
      dropped from 27 in 2004 to 17           militaries.                                          them and make them more likely to
at the end of 2007, according to                 At least one nonstate military                    commit violent acts and separate
research by the U.K.-based Coalition          group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front                 themselves from society,” she says.
to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. But        (MILF) in the Philippines, has                                         — Cynthia G. Wagner
this decline is due more to the con-          pledged to end the recruitment of
flicts ending than to steps taken by          child soldiers, who reportedly com-                  Sources: Coalition to Stop the Use of Child
governments to remove children                prise 13% of its 12,000-member                       Soldiers, 9 Marshalsea Road, London SE1
from combat situations. Tens of thou-         forces. Doing so could gain the rebel                1EP, U.K. Web site www.child-soldier.org.
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