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WorldAfricaEgypt Joins the List of Countries Recruiting Child Soldiers

Egypt Joins the List of Countries Recruiting Child Soldiers

For the first time, the Egyptian government has been added to the list of governments that employ child soldiers in military operations. This revelation comes from the annual human trafficking reportĀ recently released by the United States government.

The inclusion of Egypt in this list is a significant development, shedding light on the pressing issue of child recruitment in military activities. The use of child soldiers is a grave violation of human rights and international law. Children, due to their vulnerability, are often coerced into joining armed groups and are exposed to extreme violence, both as victims and perpetrators.

The U.S. government’s report on human trafficking is a comprehensive document that assesses the efforts of various nations in combating human trafficking. The inclusion of a country in this report, especially in the context of child soldiers, can have diplomatic and economic implications. Countries listed in this report could face sanctions or restrictions in aid from the U.S.

It’s essential to note that the use of child soldiers is not just a problem in Egypt. Many countries around the world face similar challenges, with children being forced into combat roles, often due to poverty, lack of education, or coercion.

In a related development, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi embarked on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, where he is scheduled to meet with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. While the primary purpose of this visit has been declared as strengthening bilateral ties, it is likely that regional developments and shared concerns, including the issue of child soldiers, might be discussed.

Furthermore, the European Union has allocated 400 million euros to support Turkey in addressing the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that occurred in February. This assistance underscores the international community’s commitment to helping nations in times of crisis.

In another part of the world, Ukraine continues its counter-offensive, reclaiming seven square kilometers of its territory. This move comes after the liberation of two villages near the war-torn city of Bakhmut in Eastern Ukraine.

The issue of child soldiers is a pressing concern that requires immediate attention and action from the international community. While Egypt’s inclusion in the U.S. report is significant, it is a reminder that collective efforts are needed to eradicate this heinous practice and ensure a safe and secure future for children worldwide.

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Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa
Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa
Editor-in-chief of The Eastern Herald, Political & Foreign Relations Strategist.

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