Children As Weapons Of War, Okay Says Obama
International Human Rights groups and organizations are outraged and left grappling for answers. Earlier this week President Obama gave four countries a year pass, a waiver for the use of child in war; Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Sudan, and Yemen.
In one momentary, sweeping act President Obama has undercut years of work and thousands of dollars spent in effort to protect children worldwide from this very traumatizing act.
In a quid pro quo, Yemen received the waiver in exchange for helping the United States (US) in its struggle against Al Qaeda, the same for Chad. DR Congo and Sudan were given the one year waiver so that they may have more time to rid their armies of this practice while continuing to strengthen their military forces with our monetary aid.
This goes against everything we as refugees and Congolese American citizens have learned about American values and priorities. It is the responsibility of adults to keep their children safe, President Obama has taken that choice away from mothers and fathers.
He is telling the world it is OKAY to use children as weapons of war, it is OKAY to kidnap, it is OKAY use them as curriers, porters, sex slaves. What do we tell the parents inside DR Congo that look to the US for leadership, what do we tell the children who have to hide in the bush and in corners because they are frightened?
What do we tell the children that are being forced to take horrendous actions, that it OKAY you must wait another year before coming home, before you are safe?”
In the memo below President Obama states “National Interest” as his reason. In whose national interest does this benefit?
Presidential Memorandum–Child Soldiers Prevention Act
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Presidential Determination with Respect to Section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, pursuant to section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA), title IV of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110 457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA.
You are authorized and directed to submit this determination to the Congress, along with the accompanying memorandum of justification, and to publish it in the Federal Register.
Source: OkoNGO, www.okongo.org
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