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Red Hand Day — What I learned from children carrying Kalashnikovs • spotlight.africa
There are more than 250,000 child soldiers around the world. 12 February is Red Hand Day. The initiative is an international campaign to stop the use of child soldiers. Rampeoane Hlobo, a Jesuit priest ministering in Cape Town and greatly involved with the plight of refugees and migrants, has had first-hand experience of child soldiers, in South Sudan. Here, he tells the story of innocent children forced to fight and kill in adult wars. Nineteen years ago, I met a …