I recently watched the movie Blood Diamonds- intense and not the usual genre for me, but I felt I needed to be more informed about the child soldier issue as our school is hosting Ishmael Beah as a guest, the end of January.
He is currently a UNICEF spokesperson on violence against children. I just read his book, Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Child Soldier. I can only say the story is shattering. And how it continues to be played out is a tremendous tragedy. While his "rehabilitation" is heartening - not everyone "makes it".
Why such exploitation - rubber - diamonds - oil...... greed.
There is an interview on youtube.