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Thursday, December 9, 2010

A WHOLE LIFETIME FOR SOME CHILDREN ~ LIVING TOO LONG IN EXILE FROM HOME


Where is home? Darfur, Sudan

Katie-Jay, Gabriel and James are at Darfuri refugee, Camp Djabal in Chad. This is their 9th trip.

On Sunday, they are going to make available to us a Live Town Hall Meeting with the Darfuris there, who are living in exile during the genocide supported by Sudanese President Omar al Bashir. Sunday, December 12th, 2010. Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am USA, Eastern Time. 4:00 pm in Camp Djabal. Watch here on Sunday ~ iactivism.org


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i-ACT 9: Welcome from iActivism on Vimeo.


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i-ACT 9: A Change In Itinerary from iActivism on Vimeo.


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Getting to a Darfuri refugee camp on the Chad and Sudan border is not easy.




President Omar al Bashir denies the stories these pictures express.
The children draw what has happened to them.

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How long is too long for the world to tolerate genocide, and tolerate not only forced child labor, but forcing children to be child soldiers?

President Obama grants waivers to Chad, the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen, which use child soldiers but are strategically important to the US. The waivers mean military aid will continue.

By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / October 29, 2010
Washington

As a senator, Barack Obama supported legislation requiring the United States to cut off military aid to countries recruiting and deploying child soldiers.

This week as president, Mr. Obama acted to ensure that four countries found to use child soldiers – but which are also considered key national security interests – do not lose their US military assistance. Obama heeded the recommendation of a State Department review and waived application of a year-old law on child soldiers in the case of Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen.

In a Oct. 25 presidential memorandum, Obama said he had “determined that it is in the national interest of the United States” to waive application of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act for the four countries.

Read the entire article ~
USA/Foreign-Policy/2010/1029/Obama-waives-sanctions-for-four-countries-that-use-child-soldiers

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