Saving Myanmar’s child soldiers

By Jenny Macintyre In Current Affairs

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24th November, 2012
Tears fall from Daw Khine’s chin as she wraps her thin arms around her son. It’s as if she doesn’t believe he really is alive. A child soldier who was abducted from his village at the age of 14, Ko Kyaw received a death sentence for the murder of three soldiers during a failed army escape attempt. Kyaw’s accomplices fled but he was left behind – a terrified teenager wrongfully charged with murder and sentenced by a martial court. He would have died if his cellmate, political prisoner Htet Linn, had not been convinced of his innocence. Linn had heard a UN agency, the International ...

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