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March 15, 2012 | By Mike Corder, Associated Press
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Criminal Court convicted a Congolese warlord Wednesday of using child soldiers, a verdict hailed as a legal landmark in the fight against impunity for the world's most serious crimes. Human-rights advocates said the guilty verdicts against Thomas Lubanga - the first judgment in the court's 10-year history - should stand as a clear deterrent to armies around the world not to conscript children. "In this age of global media, today's verdict will reach warlords and commanders across the world and serve as a strong deterrent," the United Nations' special representative for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, said in a statement.
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November 26, 1999 | By Joe Patrick Bean
As the Christmas season approaches, the angels' proclamation of "peace on Earth" will not reach some 300,000 child soldiers forced to fight in armed conflicts around the world. "The army was a nightmare," Emilio, a Guatemalan forcibly conscripted into his nation's military at 14, told a U.S. congressional hearing. "We were constantly beaten, mostly for no good reason at all, just to keep us in a state of terror. I still have a scar on my lip and pains in my stomach from being brutally kicked by the older soldiers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Like a lot of of boys, Agu is good at playing war. He's got the helmet, he's got the combat boots. Unlike most kids, though, the weapon he's lugging around in Cary Joji Fukunaga's brutal and beautiful Beasts of No Nation happens to be real. Adapted from Uzodinma Iweala's 2005 novel about child soldiers in Africa, the film - the first feature to be acquired by Netflix, and launched Friday on the streaming platform that brought us House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black in tandem with Oscar-qualifying runs in select theaters - takes a hard look at the carnage and chaos that has riven the continent.
NEWS
March 31, 1999 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mohammed Kamara is a picture of youthful innocence, his green cap turned impishly backward, his eyes wide and attentive as he munches peanuts wrapped in wrinkled newspaper. But Mohammed is no ordinary child. A few weeks ago, he was a soldier in the Revolutionary United Front, the rebel movement trying to unseat the government of this tormented West African nation. The other fighters called him "Corporal. " Mohammed is 10 years old. The rebels abducted him when he was 8, feeding him a diet of drugs and violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Affleck commits to Africa "I felt like I was always chasing the next job, singing for my supper," Ben Affleck , 43, says in Glamour's May issue. "I didn't feel like I had anything that I could point to and say - and I know this is a cliché - 'I gave back; here are the footprints I left in the sand.' " He found a worthy cause during a 2007 fact-finding journey through war-torn regions of Africa, including Eastern Congo. "What I saw was people trying to work and keep their families upright after the child soldiers and the sexual violence," says Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps former child soldiers and women subjected to systematic rape.
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June 7, 2003 | By Sudarsan Raghavan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When he is sitting on a chair, Rene Bahati's thin legs don't reach the ground. His slender fingers look too feeble to pull a trigger. But he says he has killed at least one person for every year he has lived. Rene Bahati is 10 years old. "I shot them all," he said in an emotionless voice. "I didn't feel anything. " Rene is growing up in a "family" of beer-drinking, drug-taking thugs who loot houses and rape women for fun. School was a camp where he learned to shoot and stab people.
NEWS
November 7, 1990
Due to a typographical error, yesterday's Commentary Page article by Kenneth L. Klothen erroneously stated that a United Nations provision concerning child soldiers permits countries to draft children as young as 12. The correct minimum age is 15.
NEWS
June 21, 2010
For information on Sherifam Aid and the Sherifam Computer Institute, visit www.sherifamaid.org or call Ibrahim Sheriff at 484-479-4339. Sheriff is hoping to obtain 20 computers to start an Internet cafe at the school, which opened in 2002 and teaches computer skills to former child soldiers, orphans and women who lost husbands in Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war.  
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November 18, 1997 | Daily News wire services
BEIJING Surgery on gorilla: A possible eye-opener Veterinarians say they have performed China's first cornea transplant on a gorilla, aiming to restore the sight of a giant primate stricken by cataracts in a zoo in central China. Nikou, a 15-year-old gorilla at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Henan province, received an artificial cornea in surgery Friday, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The 220-pound Nikou began losing his sight several months ago because of cataracts.
NEWS
November 10, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
The new International Criminal Court in The Hague, created to judge leaders responsible for large-scale human-rights violations, began the first prosecution of its short history yesterday, with hearings in the case of a former Congolese warlord. Thomas Lubanga, who once led a powerful and violent militia, has been charged with commandeering children and turning them into killers in the Congo's Ituri region. Many of the child soldiers were themselves killed in fighting that claimed more than 60,000 lives.
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April 14, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Affleck commits to Africa "I felt like I was always chasing the next job, singing for my supper," Ben Affleck , 43, says in Glamour's May issue. "I didn't feel like I had anything that I could point to and say - and I know this is a cliché - 'I gave back; here are the footprints I left in the sand.' " He found a worthy cause during a 2007 fact-finding journey through war-torn regions of Africa, including Eastern Congo. "What I saw was people trying to work and keep their families upright after the child soldiers and the sexual violence," says Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps former child soldiers and women subjected to systematic rape.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Like a lot of of boys, Agu is good at playing war. He's got the helmet, he's got the combat boots. Unlike most kids, though, the weapon he's lugging around in Cary Joji Fukunaga's brutal and beautiful Beasts of No Nation happens to be real. Adapted from Uzodinma Iweala's 2005 novel about child soldiers in Africa, the film - the first feature to be acquired by Netflix, and launched Friday on the streaming platform that brought us House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black in tandem with Oscar-qualifying runs in select theaters - takes a hard look at the carnage and chaos that has riven the continent.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
REVIEWS of the harrowing child-soldier movie "Beasts of No Nation" often deal with its financing, and while that seems tactless, it is also relevant. "Beasts" was funded by Netflix, and will be released on that streaming platform shortly after the movie opens in theaters (though it would be a shame to watch on a mobile device or laptop). Filmmakers hope that Netflix will be a hands-off source of support at a time when Hollywood is increasingly operating via over-cautious and sometimes cowardly corporate decision-making.
NEWS
November 11, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
One in an occasional series on America's changing face Annonciata Nsenga kicked off her sneakers, stood on a chair, and tapped a nail into a wall of her rented rowhouse in Point Breeze. Eighteen years after she and her husband, Jean Pierre, both Congolese, fled their homeland's violence for a refugee camp in Rwanda - and five months into their new lives in Philadelphia - the rail-thin mother of five finally felt comfortable enough to hang a fresh portrait of the family, dressed nattily, smiling hopefully.
NEWS
May 14, 2014
THEIR ONLY "crime" was to dream of an education and a future, which to Islamic extremists is a nightmare. Boko Haram's most dastardly act to date - the kidnapping and threat to sell about 275 Nigerian schoolgirls into sex slavery - is a brazen affront to humanity designed to supplant hope with despair. The act is so audacious and has such wide-reaching repercussions that the world must avenge it now. Nigeria and a coalition of African nations must provide the military muscle to free these girls and bring their captors to justice.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
She was a guest of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, but it wasn't royal connections that landed Philadelphia lawyer Enid H. Adler at the Hague. It was her years of work in helping to create a forum where others might seek justice. Adler's life as a teacher, journalist, and advocate for people fleeing persecution drove her to help establish the International Criminal Court, founded in 2002 for the prosecution of war crimes across the globe. Adler, semiretired and battling cancer, traveled to the Netherlands to take part in the official ceremonies last month marking the 10th anniversary of a permanent, independent, international court.
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November 29, 2012 | By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council on Wednesday extended an arms embargo against armed groups in Congo, condemning a rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda for attacking civilians. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the council extended sanctions against armed groups in Congo until Feb. 1, 2014, and said it would consider more measures against leaders of the M23 rebel group and those providing support. The M23, made up of hundreds of soldiers who deserted the Congolese army in April, has taken control of many villages and towns in the mineral-rich east since then, culminating in last week's seizure of the provincial capital, Goma.
NEWS
June 4, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
The sentencing of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for war crimes that included the mass rapes of up to 64,000 women in Sierra Leone is a great step forward in the effort to see that this particularly heinous form of torture becomes less common in countries ravaged by civil and ethnic strife.   Taylor was accused of providing arms and other support to a rebel group called the Revolutionary United Front in exchange for blood diamonds. The rebels' atrocities included not only rape, but amputations with machetes, some carried out by child soldiers, as well as the indiscriminate killing of thousands.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Mike Corder, Associated Press
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Criminal Court convicted a Congolese warlord Wednesday of using child soldiers, a verdict hailed as a legal landmark in the fight against impunity for the world's most serious crimes. Human-rights advocates said the guilty verdicts against Thomas Lubanga - the first judgment in the court's 10-year history - should stand as a clear deterrent to armies around the world not to conscript children. "In this age of global media, today's verdict will reach warlords and commanders across the world and serve as a strong deterrent," the United Nations' special representative for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, said in a statement.
NEWS
March 1, 2012
Portugal: Fugitive won't go to U.S. LISBON, Portugal - Portugal won't extradite American fugitive George Wright for crimes he committed in the United States four decades ago, after Washington ran out of possibilities to appeal the decision to let him stay, a Portuguese court official said Wednesday. Portuguese police captured Wright near the capital, Lisbon, in September, ending his more than 40 years on the lam after escaping from a New Jersey prison. Wright was convicted of the murder of Walter Patterson in Wall Township.
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