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There are many various problems across the globe that has becomeprominent during the twenty-first century War famine and poverty aresome of the most familiar and most controversial issues out thereHowever in Africa there is a very serious atrocity being committedthat must be put to a stop immediately Recently in countries such asSierra Leone and Uganda children are being stolen from their familiesand homes After this they are forced to fight and kill for manyrebellious groups in these nations The Secretary General of UN KofiAnnan describes these horrendous acts of dehumanization as Thequestion of children and armed conflict is an integral part of theUnited Nations core responsibilities for the maintenance ofinternational peace and security for the advancement of human rightsand for sustainable human development These children are intimatedand manipulated easily which makes escape hopeless and almost suicidalThe two rebel groups responsible for these hideous actions are LordsResistance Army or LRA of Uganda and the Revolutionary United Front orRUF of Sierra Leone In Africa many rebel groups have arisen in an attempt to overthrowpresent governmental bodies in order to cause radical change in theirfavor Child soldiers are most prominent in Africa due to their pooreconomic conditions as well as a major part of their population beingunder eighteen years old The leader of LRA Joseph Kony claims hecommunicates with spirits and that he should rule Uganda under the TenCommandments Lack of recruiting capacity and support is one of thereason the LRA abducts these children into warfare Desperation alsoplayed a part after Kony failed several times to overthrow the Ugandangovernment Blue Woodward Similarly leader of RUF Foday Sankohclaims his rebellious groups goal is overthrow the countrys corruptedand repressive elites The diamond trade in Sierra Leone is alsobelieved by many to cause the outbreak of the civil war This trade isone of the main resources of financing for this war Meanwhile theyhave shown a staggering amount of brutality towards others AlthoughSankoh was captured in May 2000 the RUF still continues
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