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My World: the Homecoming

BBC World Service Radio Station – Friday 22 May, 2009

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Image: BBC News

Most people would be only too keen to get out of the refugee camps where they spent their childhood but Gemma Tracee Apiku cannot wait to return.

She spent eight years of her young life as a refugee in Southern Sudan after her family escaped Uganda in the 1980s when the Idi Amin regime – in which her father was a soldier – was overthrown.

Life was grim living in the congested transit camps, with up to eight people living in a small hut. . .

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Age of Child Soldiers Scrutinised

Lubanga Trial Coverage – ICC – Africa Update

Wairagala Wakabi in The Hague (AR No. 212, 15-May-09) – IWPR – Thursday 21 May, 2009

Experts in the trial of accused Congolese leader Thomas Lubanga this week struggled to confirm the ages of child soldiers said to have been part of the Union of Congolese Patriots, UPC.

The specialists in age determination testified at the International Criminal Court, ICC, that, based on x-ray images, some may have been as young as 10 or 11 years old at the time they were allegedly UPC fighters.

Others, however, probably were not as young, said the experts, pointing out that the quality and limited nature of the images created a margin of error. . .

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Former child soldier urges UN action

EDITH M. LEDERER – Associated Press – 29 April, 2009

UNITED NATIONS – A young woman abducted and repeatedly raped by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda told the Security Council on Wednesday how she became a rifle-toting child soldier. She urged the U.N.’s most powerful body to stop the suffering of children in wars.

“I still wait for some of my friends to return,” Grace Akallo said, “and I hope that everyone here will be committed to bring people like my friends home.”

Council members responded to the plea from the former child soldier — now a graduate student in the United States — with rare sustained applause. Many, including U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, assured her that her message had been heard. . .

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