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No Relief From War in African Refugee Camps

There is no sanctuary here. Across West Africa, the bleak settlements of people fleeing war have become military recruiting grounds. With a spreading web of interrelated conflicts raging through the region, rebel and government forces alike have been drafting refugees to fill their ranks. The new recruits include refugees fleeing to foreign countries as well as those displaced within their own. Bored, hungry, impressionable teenagers appear to be among those in greatest demand. In southeastern Guinea, one refugee camp has been visited so frequently by Liberian rebel recruiters that the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has been forced to start moving its 33,000 residents into a settlement about 250 miles away. Full Story

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