Children are being abducted to serve on the front in Sierra Leone as cannon fodder, according to local Catholic Church authorities.
    The country is torn by a bloody war between government forces and rebels of the United Revolutionary Front.
    Church officials have said that boys continue to be abducted for use as soldiers on either of the two fronts. Both sides have ignored an agreement signed in Lome last year.
    The Church says that the formation of future leaders is already facing an acute generational vacuum. In addition, the psychological traumas suffered by old and new child soldiers, who are often abandoned by their own families, are overwhelming. The families fail to accept them back despite years of horrific experiences in which, more often than not, they were involuntary protagonists.
    Zenit (available soon)
21 July 00

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