As headlines continue to call attention to massive suffering of civilians in conflict zones around the world, the Trump administration has been admonished for turning its back on defenseless civilians. This week, President Trump has taken a less publicized step in putting another vulnerable population at risk, child soldiers.
The Trump administration has waived prohibitions that would have blocked more than $115 million in U.S. security assistance from flowing to governments identified by the State Department as being complicit in the use and recruitment of child soldiers. By allowing these countries to continue to benefit from U.S. security assistance, the Trump administration is signaling its continued unwillingness to hold countries to account for engaging in one of the most heinous and abusive practices – the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict.
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