Child soldiers with weapons wait for instructions in an ethnic Hema militia camp near Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo in this file photo from June 16, 2003. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna
VOA/AP: South Sudan, Others With Child Soldiers Get US Waiver on Aid
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — President Barack Obama has issued waivers that continue millions of dollars in U.S. military assistance for troubled South Sudan and six other nations where child soldiers have been used, disappointing advocates who say his administration hasn't made curbing the use of children in combat a higher priority.
The waivers circumvent parts of the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act, which is meant to block certain kinds of military assistance.
Waivers also have been granted to Somalia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Iraq and Myanmar. Aid to the countries varies dramatically. Iraq has received hundreds of millions in military support annually, while Myanmar received no military assistance in past years.
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Update: These 7 Countries Use Child Soldiers, But Obama Will Still Give Them Money (Daily Caller)
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