If Liberia’s fragile peace is to hold, international donors must pledge more money to rehabilitate the West African nation’s child soldiers to ensure that they — and new generations — don’t take up arms again, a leading human rights group said Monday. Donors will get a chance to do just that Thursday at the U.N. headquarters in New York, where U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will co-chair a two-day conference on reconstructing the war-ravaged nation. “Much of the Liberian civil war consisted of children shooting and killing other children,” said Tony Tate, an Africa researcher in the children’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. “The fragile peace in Liberia today cannot be solidified unless they are disarmed and rehabilitated.” Full Story
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