Economic warfare: Trafficking minors as soldiersKirkpatrick reports that some families in Sudan are so desperate for money from Riyadh, they bribe militia officers to allow their children to fight, some as young as 14 years old. While estimates vary and Saudi Arabia denied employing child soldiers, the Times reports that minors make up anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of the Sudanese fighters in a unit:
This has gone from desperate to awkwardly macabre. I mean, how desperate do you have to be to sell your own children to Arabic warmongers to let them fight in a war that cannot be won by any side anymore? This is strangely sinister. I have got no proper words to describe it anymore. I mean, they sell their children to a war they may not even understand, they may not even know which whom they'd side, it's a foreign war to them. They only know that there are people who need new resources to fire against their enemies.The US currently sells weapons to the Saudi-backed coalition in #Yemen, and provides them with some intelligence support. And while the #US indicated in November it will stop refueling the coalition’s aircraft used in the conflict, which potentially limits the Saudi’s ability to carry out bombing campaigns, calls are growing for Congress to do more.
So to say, the US are responsible for this, somehow, although they had nothing to win once they began to sell resources to Saudi-Arabia's false war. Once they were in, there was no ethical turning back for them anymore.
Some Sudanese families are reportedly so desperate for money, they bribe militia officers to take their children to warzones.www.vox.com