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August 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Rwanda: We’re making the same mistakes in Iraq

In 1994, I was tasked with stopping a genocide waged, in part, by children and youth. At the time, I was the United Nations Force Commander for the UN Assistance Mission to Rwanda. My opponents, the Interahamwe,were highly organized in their recruitment and training of youth, well before the killing began. I saw firsthand the way they used children, some as young as 13, to commit horrific acts. The experience of facing a child soldier from the barrel of a gun left me questioning the world’s very moral fabric.

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