Most Child Soldiers in the World: Burma
Pop quiz: What country has more child soldiers than any other country in the world?
We have traveled on speaking tours asking this question, and usually the answer sounds something like this: "Somewhere in Africa?"
Actually, the answer is Burma.
Today we are releasing a new video from musician Damian Marley to help explain this to the world.
Burma's dictator Than Shwe has recruited up to 70,000 child soldiers, as young as age eleven. Some of these innocent kids are rounded up and forced into uniform at gunpoint, while others are lured into the Burmese military with promises of money and prestige. The children are then forced to carry out human rights abuses against their own people. In our interviews with child soldiers who have escaped, they recount how children are told by their military superiors that if they try to escape they will be beaten or killed.
As Damian says in his video, "Fighting a war is not child's play."
We are building a campaign of millions of people throughout the world for human rights and democracy in Burma. Please forward this video to as many of your friends and family as possible and urge them to sign up today (for free) at www.uscampaignforburma.org
We have also released 27 previous videos about Burma over the past 27 days from stars including Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, and many more. You can watch them all at www.burmaitcantwait.org
Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, and Thelma Young