Ahmed, 15, with his weapon in Somalia's capital in April, fights for Somalia's government and said he was sent to Uganda for training at the age of 12.
U.N. Voices Concern on Child Soldiers in SomaliaBy JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
HARGEISA, Somalia — As the United Nations Security Council expressed a “deep concern” on Wednesday over the continued use of child soldiers and a “readiness” to adopt sanctions against individuals who deploy them, an American lawmaker warned that the United States might have broken several laws by providing assistance to the Somali military, which uses children in conflict.
The United Nations lists the Somali government as one of the “most persistent violators” in the world of using child soldiers, and this week The New York Times documented several child soldiers, some as young as 12, toting assault rifles and working for the Somali transitional government in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.
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