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Africa,United Nations

16 December 2007

Age (Melbourne)

In just 30 minutes, a young boy can master the use of an AK-47 machine gun. And a split second can turn him into a killer. When Radhika Coomaraswamy first met a child soldier in Africa, she felt surprise and fear. "These boys come in with the swagger of grown men. They've been carrying guns, they have big shoulders, they act very masculine," she said. But meeting these battle-scarred fighters, aged between 10 and 15, she soon heard the awful stories of abuse: boys... (

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