Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Child Soldiers

I was able to read the book: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier a week before it is due to be released. I guess it is one benefit of working for a giant corporation that is very much into social issues. I was again stirred on behalf of all the child soldiers and modern day slaves across the globe. I have had several unique opportunites over the past two years to hear first hand accounts of people in slavery all over the world.

One that I think about often was told to me by a woman named Faye McDonald. She spent several years in Nepal working with slave people, even partnering with a company in New Hampshire to buy entire slave families their freedom, eventually slavery in Nepal became illegal in 2000. That was about two years ago that I heard that story and it was the first time I had realized that slavery is still happening. Now it seems more and more awareness is being brought to these situations, but still much has to be done.

  • I would encourage everyone to check out my friends organization that is working with child soldiers in Uganda. Child Voice International

  • Also see this movie put out by Invisible Children

  • Finally read this book, it is a heart wrenching account of what it is like to be a child soldier

1 comment:

A thinker said...

This is sort of a test, but also a comment to say I read an excerpt from Ishmael's story in the NY Times. It looks like an incredible book and I'd really like to read it when it comes out.