Kony 2012 puts them back under spotlight

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Mar 16 2012, 07:42:02

The video on the Lord Resistance Army and the international criminal court's guilty verdict on a Congolese warlord have put the issue of child soldiers back on the global agenda

In the space of a week, the unique torment of children who are conscripted to kill and be killed has been thrust back into the forefront of global consciousness.

First, the contentious film Kony 2012 - now being described as the most viral video in history with more than 100m views in less than a week - highlighted Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony's atrocities and the claim that his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) recruited 30,000 child soldiers.

Then the long-awaited first verdict of the international criminal court (ICC) found Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga guilty of snatching children off the streets to wage war and act as his personal bodyguards. Lubanga was said to have built "an army of children".

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