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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Red Hand Day
Today is a globally celebrated day known as Red Hand day. The day has been organized by charities worldwide to increase awareness of the plight of child soldiers. If you’ve never heard of a child soldier, or don’t know much about them, here is the information I gleaned from Helpchildsoldiers.com:
There are an estimated 300,000 child soldiers fighting in 19 conflicts worldwide. No child soldier is a volunteer; they’re either kidnapped from their families, or forced into joining after they’ve been orphaned—usually by the same people who are now pressing them into service—and they have no other options. These children are usually used as front line soldiers, spies, and scouts—the most dangerous jobs, in other words, because the armies forcing them to fight view them as disposable.
Boys aren’t the only soldiers. Girls are used too—only, in addition to fighting, they are often forced to serve as the commanders’ ‘wives’ and are beaten and raped daily.
If you’re interested in supporting this cause, you can go to Child-soldiers.org, or Congress.org, where you can write your congresspeople and tell them how important this issue is to you.
Beware the sound of crying children, watch out for the barmaids, and whatever you do, don't let the Pegasus spit on you.