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Protecting children in Colombia's war
January 4, 2012 by The IRC
|Children like this girl express a deep desire for peace. More than 10,000 boys and girls have been pulled into Colombia’s war between guerillas, paramilitary units and government forces. Photo: Niousha Mission|
At first, she said, they treated her “like a queen.” But shortly after recruiting then-nine-year-old Sofia from a small village in Colombia, the guerilla fighters began beating and raping her.
”It is a childhood that I do not wish for anybody” Sofia told the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict.
Sofia is one of about 10,000 boys and girls who have been pulled into Colombia’s decades-old war between guerillas, paramilitary units and government forces.
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