College hosts presentation on Child Soldiers on April 19th

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Eastern Wyoming College will host an evocative presentation highlighting the abuses and suffering of child soldiers on April 19th at 12 noon and 7 pm in Tebbet rooms 131 and 132.

Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of children are recruited or abducted into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia and a variety of other armed groups. They are abducted at school, on the streets or at home. Others enlist “voluntarily”, usually because they see few alternatives.

Such children are robbed of their childhood and exposed to terrible dangers and to psychological and physical suffering. They are placed in combat situations, used as spies, messengers, porters, servants or to lay or clear landmines. Girls in particular are at risk of rape and sexual abuse.

The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or “wives” for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians–often with blunt weapons.Joseph Kony is the world’s worst war criminal. In 1987 he took over leadership of an existing rebel group and renamed it the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or “wives” for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians–often with blunt weapons.

Joseph Kony is the world’s worst war criminal. In 1987 he took over leadership of an existing rebel group and renamed it the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or “wives” for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians.

This presentation will be lead by students enrolled in instructor John Hansen’s Theatre Course. “My students have done the research and wanted to do something to raise awareness. They have worked hard preparing” said Hansen.

Child Soldiers  . . . a voice for the voiceless is brought to you and presented by the students and faculty at Eastern Wyoming College and is free and open to the public. For more information contact John Hansen at 307.532.8367 or john.hansen@ewc.wy.edu

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